Re: DT bindings as ABI [was: Do we have people interested in devicetree janitoring / cleanup?]

From: Stephen Warren
Date: Thu Jul 25 2013 - 15:00:23 EST

On 07/25/2013 11:25 AM, Olof Johansson wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM, Stephen Warren <swarren@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On another related topic, something that may be useful for the DT
>> bindings reviewer team is a basic checklist for new DT bindings.
>> Something similar to Fedora's package review checklist. Perhaps also
>> (yet another?) document on a bit of DT philosophy. If this sounds
>> useful, I could try and take a stab at some basic initial version.
> Sounds reasonable. Starting with one of the existing ones instead of
> from scratch is a reasonable approach. A checklist and a best
> practices doc would come a long way.

Do you have a link to an existing check-list? I know there's plenty of
best practices information out there to build on.

>> We also need to decide (or just document) exactly what "describes the
>> HW" means; see the thread on thermal limits, and consider the extension
>> of describing hard/absolute thermal limits to describing use-cased base
>> thermal profiles using the same schema, or not allowing that.
> Yes indeed. A basic binding need just specify what the specific
> hardware IP is, if the rest of the configuration of the IP can be
> determined at runtime through other means (i.e. by autoprobing). It's
> stuff beyond that that gets very complicated.
> To talk semi-specifics: What about USB PHY tunings for a specific
> board,

I was thinking more about the slightly blurry line between representing
HW and representing policy, but the example you gave certainly needs
consideration too.
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