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SubjectRe: [PATCH] libfdt: place new nodes & properties after the parent's ones
Hi Rob,

On 11.02.2020 21:29, Rob Herring wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 5:44 PM David Gibson
> <> wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 12:40:19PM +0100, Marek Szyprowski wrote:
>>> Hi David,
>>> On 05.02.2020 06:45, David Gibson wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Feb 04, 2020 at 01:58:44PM +0100, Marek Szyprowski wrote:
>>>>> While applying dt-overlays using libfdt code, the order of the applied
>>>>> properties and sub-nodes is reversed. This should not be a problem in
>>>>> ideal world (mainline), but this matters for some vendor specific/custom
>>>>> dtb files. This can be easily fixed by the little change to libfdt code:
>>>>> any new properties and sub-nodes should be added after the parent's node
>>>>> properties and subnodes.
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Marek Szyprowski <>
>>>> I'm not convinced this is a good idea.
>>>> First, anything that relies on the order of properties or subnodes in
>>>> a dtb is deeply, fundamentally broken. That can't even really be a
>>>> problem with a dtb file itself, only with the code processing it.
>>> I agree about the properties, but generally the order of nodes usually
>>> implies the order of creation of some devices or objects.
>> Huh? From the device tree client's point of view the devices just
>> exist - the order of creation should not be visible to it.
> I'm not sure if downstream is different, but upstream this stems from
> Linux initcalls being processed in link order within a given level.
> It's much better than it used to be, but short of randomizing the
> ordering, I'm not sure we'll ever find and fix all these hidden
> dependencies.

Downstream is probably much worse, because I've seen a lots of custom
code iterating over the nodes and doing its initialization.

>>> This sometimes
>>> has some side-effects.
>> If those side effects matter, your code is broken. If you need to
>> apply an order to nodes, you should be looking at 'reg' or other
>> properties.
> The general preference is to sort by 'reg'. And we try to catch and
> reject any node re-ordering patches.

If one applies an dt-overlay with current libfdt, the order of the all
nodes from that overlay is reversed.

Best regards
Marek Szyprowski, PhD
Samsung R&D Institute Poland

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