Re: [PATCH v2 2/2] ARC: enable uboot support unconditionally
From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Mon Aug 05 2019 - 07:17:08 EST
On Fri, Aug 02, 2019 at 04:25:39PM +0000, Alexey Brodkin wrote:
> Hi Greg,
> > > May we have this one back-ported to linux-4.19.y?
> > >
> > > It was initially applied to Linus' tree during 5.0 development
> > > cycle  but was never back-ported.
> > >
> > > Now w/o that patch in KernelCI we see boot failure on ARC HSDK
> > > board  as opposed to normally working later kernel versions.
> > >
> > >  https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=493a2f812446e92bcb1e69a77381b4d39808d730
> > >  https://storage.kernelci.org/stable/linux-4.19.y/v4.19.59/arc/hsdk_defconfig/gcc-8/lab-baylibre/boot-hsdk.txt
> > >
> > > Below is that same patch but rebased on linux-4.19 as in its pristine
> > > form it won't apply due to offset of one of hunks.
> > Why is this patch ok for stable kernel trees? Are you not removing
> > existing support in 4.19 for a feature that people might be using there?
> > What bug is this fixing that requires this removal?
> This patch removes a Kconfig option in a trade for properly working
> detection of arguments passed from U-Boot.
> Back in the day  we had to add that option to get kernel reliably working
> in use-cases w/o U-Boot (those were typically loading kernel image via JTAG).
> But with a couple of fixes applied to linux-4.19.y already we no longer need
> that explicit toggle as we may rely on data passed via dedicated registers
> and thus automatically know if there was U-Boot which passed some info to
> the kernel or there was no U-Boot and we don't need to mess with garbage in
> those registers.
> Main reason is to make vanilla 4.19.y kernels usable on HSDK board in KernelCI
> environment. Now they don't boot, see  as in HSDK's defconfig ARC_UBOOT_SUPPORT
> is not set. So we have 2 solutions:
> 1. Add ARC_UBOOT_SUPPORT to arch/arc/configs/hsdk_defconfig
> But we cannot do it for vanilla kernel because we simply cannot even submit that
> change to the Linus' tree as that Kconfig option was removed.
> Which means we cannot back-port it, right :)
> 2. Back-port proposed patch which already exists in the Linus'tree and thus is
> perfectly back-portable.
> Makes sense?
Ok, it's your arch, you get to deal with the angry users if you have any
now queued up.