Re: [Ksummit-2013-discuss] DT bindings as ABI [was: Do we have people interested in device tree janitoring / cleanup?]

From: Tomasz Figa
Date: Wed Jul 31 2013 - 11:24:49 EST

On Wednesday 31 of July 2013 17:07:19 Richard Cochran wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:59:59PM +0200, Tomasz Figa wrote:
> > On Wednesday 31 of July 2013 12:37:37 Maxime Bizon wrote:
> > > Board files are C code anyone has the skill to edit/understand/refactor.
> > > Moving to DT and keep them in tree tightly coupled with the kernel
> > > version just adds another layer of indirection for *no purpose*.
> +1
> That is exactly what I tried to say.

I agree with you to some extent. Don't be so extreme though. As I already
said, this is not entirely "no purpose", as there are more benefits of having
device tree than just separation from kernel tree.

> > > Linus started the whole thing some years ago by refusing to pull ARM
> > > tree [1]. Reread his post, what he wants is clearly b).
> > >
> > > Going a) does not solve any problem. You are just moving churn to
> > > somewhere else. We had board files churn, then defconfigs churn, DTS
> > > files (and associated drivers) will be next.
> And at this rate, we are headed for another Linus ultimatum, sooner or
> later.

(see end of the message)

> > > DT is self inflicted pain. It has to be for the greater good.
> >
> > It has several benefits over board files that I mentioned above, possible
> > without fully separating them from kernel tree.
> Every time a criticism is voiced about DT, the DT people stick their
> fingers in their ears and say, "NAH, NAH, NAH, I CAN'T HEAR YOU!"

I won't comment this...

> WRT to DT-as-platform-device, we would rather stick with the C code,
> please. Just pushing the configuration tables into an external form
> does not simplify the problem. In fact, it creates new problems by
> inviting the possibility of a bootloader/DT/kernel mismatch.

Care to stop ignoring my points other than those defending ideas (nowhere
stated as good or bad) from extreme opinions?

I said it many, many times, that a) and b) I proposed are just two extremes.
It is unlikely that an extreme solution will be the best option to choose. I
am strongly for something in the middle, just like I wrote in several of my
previous replies.

This is something that should be commented, not those extreme options.

Best regards,

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