Re: [PATCH v4 2/4] ARM: dts: NSP: Add DT files for Meraki MX64 series

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Fri Jun 25 2021 - 14:43:22 EST

On Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 7:30 PM Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 6/25/21 10:26 AM, Matthew Hagan wrote:
> > On 25/06/2021 10:59, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> >
> > How about having separate bcm-nsp-ax and bcm-nsp-bx dtsi files with the
> > appropriate secondary-boot-reg and dma-coherent (or lack of)
> > properties, which then include bcm-nsp.dtsi. Thus we can also avoid use
> > of /delete-property/. Would this be preferable?

That sounds good to me.

> Is there any way that the Ax platforms could use a small shim between
> the boot loader and the kernel which could all of the necessary DT
> adaptation so the kernel only contains a single Device Tree source?
> Using something like this:
> could be useful.

I don't think that's necessary here, but I wouldn't object if someone
finds it useful and does the work. ;-)

> >> On the other hand, the /chosen, /aliases and /memory nodes that you have
> >> in the .dtsi file should probably get moved into the .dts files, as these tend
> >> to be board specific settings, even if the examples you have are all
> >> the same.
> >
> > I did not come across any convention regarding this, though there are
> > plenty of cases where the /chosen, /aliases and /memory nodes are
> > defined in a .dtsi file and used by multiple similar boards. Also note
> > in this case /aliases is defined in bcm-nsp.dtsi, not by me. Would we
> > not prefer to avoid having 6x duplication?

We are not too consistent about this, and there are cases in which a
.dtsi file is used for a family of boards using different SoCs rather than
a particular SoC or SoC family.

In the bcm-nsp.dtsi example you mention, I would move the aliases into
the board files, mainly because there is no guarantee that each board
exposes both uarts and all three on-chip ethernet ports. Note that the
aliases are supposed to match whatever label you have on the board,
not what the numbers are in the chip.