Re: [PATCH] arm: support big-endian for the virt architecture

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Fri Sep 28 2018 - 11:52:26 EST

On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 3:52 PM Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> This architecture, used for running in QEMU, runs just fine when
> compiled in big-endian mode. So enable it. This is enabled in exactly
> the same way that it is for other platforms (such as vexpress) that also
> support big-endian mode in QEMU successfully.
> Signed-off-by: Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason@xxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> Personally, I'm using this as part of WireGuard's CI, and patching
> kernels to include this is a bit annoying. Any chance this can get into
> 4.19?
> arch/arm/Kconfig | 1 +
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
> diff --git a/arch/arm/Kconfig b/arch/arm/Kconfig
> index e8cd55a5b04c..b8c6062ca0c1 100644
> --- a/arch/arm/Kconfig
> +++ b/arch/arm/Kconfig
> @@ -701,6 +701,7 @@ config ARCH_VIRT
> select ARM_GIC_V3_ITS if PCI
> select ARM_PSCI

Applied for 4.20 with subject line changed s/arm/ARM/, thanks!

We don't really handle this well in general, by allowing a big-endian
build if any of the enabled platforms select ARCH_SUPPORTS_BIG_ENDIAN,
rather than making sure that /all/ of them do.

I think most people just build a 'defconfig' kernel, which includes
multiple platforms that use ARCH_SUPPORTS_BIG_ENDIAN.

A better way to do this might be to assume ARCH_SUPPORTS_BIG_ENDIAN
for ARCH_MULTIPLATFORM, and then mark all platforms that are
known to be broken as 'depends on !CPU_BIG_ENDIAN'.

Your patch is certainly fine for 4.20, but since we haven't decided
what the proper fix should be, I didn't want to push this for 4.19.