Re: [PATCH] Revert "arm64: Increase the max granular size"

From: Marc Zyngier
Date: Thu Mar 17 2016 - 12:03:16 EST

On 17/03/16 15:37, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 09:49:51AM -0500, Timur Tabi wrote:


>> Keep in mind that on an ACPI system like ours, the boot loader (UEFI in our
>> case) configures the system extensively. It does a lot of things that the
>> kernel would normally do on a device tree system. For example, pin control
>> is handled completely by UEFI. The kernel does not set the pin muxes or
>> GPIO directions. That means we don't support dynamic pin muxing. Before
>> the kernel is booted, the GPIO pins are fixed.
> And that's great. But you are mistaken in thinking that DT requires lots
> of drivers in the kernel and prevents the firmware from doing sane
> stuff. DT rather gained additional features out of necessity since the
> firmware was not always doing a proper job at hardware initialisation.
> A DT-enabled kernel does not impose restrictions on such firmware
> features. With ACPI, the choice is not as wide and forces vendors to
> look into their firmware story from a different angle (until they figure
> the _DSD+PRP0001 out and we end up with DT emulated in ACPI).

Or even worse, perverting the couple of things that were actually OK in
ACPI by inventing a new layer of broken stuff:

Once we've reached that level, _DSD fells all nice and cuddly.

Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...