Re: [PATCH 00/18] sync opal.h with firmware

From: Michael Ellerman
Date: Mon Feb 09 2015 - 22:59:14 EST

On Tue, 2015-02-10 at 13:26 +1100, Stewart Smith wrote:
> This patch series takes a careful step-by-step process to sync the
> opal.h header file (definition of interface to OPAL firmware) with
> opal.h in firmware.
> Each patch is designed to be as obvious as possible so that it's
> easy for someone else to prove that I haven't messed it up anywhere.
> In the process of doing this, I fixed a few things in firmware too,
> so this matches skiboot at 4681ed9, which is a little after the most
> recent skiboot release (4.1.1).
> The biggest change is moving the function prototypes for API calls
> out to opal-api.h.

Hi Stewart,

I'm going to be a total pain, and suggest that this is the wrong approach :)

I was on board until patch 15, where you have to add an #ifdef SKIBOOT to guard
an include, and you have to remove an include on the Linux side.

I think the better solution would be to pull all the common parts out into a
new file, opal-api.h. That file would define the API between Linux & Skiboot,
and absolutely nothing else.

Both Linux and Skiboot would continue to have an opal.h, which would include
opal-api.h, and then anything else needed on either side to make a functioning
opal.h - eg. other includes & definitions (SG_ENTRIES_PER_NODE).

It would also have the advantage that because opal-api.h is a new file, we can
get it synced from the beginning and not worry about all the whitespace &
rearranging patches. ie. there'd just be one patch on both sides to add the new
file and move definitions into it from opal.h.

If you don't violently disagree I'll do a patch for that and we can see how it


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