Re: [PATCH v7 0/4] arm: Fix DEBUG_LL for multi-platform kernels (without PL01X)

From: Daniel Thompson
Date: Mon Jul 14 2014 - 06:40:29 EST

On 14/07/14 10:05, Daniel Thompson wrote:
> On 12/07/14 12:10, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 11:16:02AM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 12:30:51PM +0100, Daniel Thompson wrote:
>>>> This patchset removes some single-platform compatibility tricks related
>>>> to DEBUG_LL and, as a result, allows multi_v7_defconfig derived builds
>>>> to enable DEBUG_LL. Currently the user selected kbuild setting is
>>>> ignored and the PL01X's DEBUG_LL stub is silently selected instead. This
>>>> is a pain if your hardware doesn't have this cell, not least because it
>>>> takes a little time to figure out that kbuild built the wrong code.
>>> I don't think this is quite right, because I'm now seeing randconfig
>>> finding build errors with this. We can end up with this configuration:
>>> # CONFIG_DEBUG_ICEDCC is not set
>>> # CONFIG_DEBUG_LL_UART_8250 is not set
>>> # CONFIG_DEBUG_LL_UART_PL01X is not set
>>> CONFIG_DEBUG_LL_INCLUDE="mach/debug-macro.S"
>>> # CONFIG_DEBUG_UART_8250 is not set
>>> which results in:
>>> arch/arm/kernel/debug.S:24:33: fatal error: mach/debug-macro.S: No such file or directory
>>> make[2]: *** [arch/arm/kernel/debug.o] Error 1
>>> arch/arm/kernel/head.S:27:33: fatal error: mach/debug-macro.S: No such file or directory
>>> make[2]: *** [arch/arm/kernel/head.o] Error 1
>>> Full config file:
> Thanks. I will look at this.
> Problem is that by making the build system honour the user choice we end
> up breaking the build when the user makes a bad choice (albeit a bad
> choice that they should not have been given in the first place).
> I guess the best fix is to get rid of CONFIG_DEBUG_LL_UART_NONE altogether.
>> Note that this also breaks building versatile as an oldconfig. I'll drop
>> the patch series from my tree for the time being.
> There is a difficult problem with oldconfig.
> Today DEBUG_LL only works on versatile defconfigs (and oldconfig
> upgrades from there) because although CONFIG_DEBUG_LL_UART_NONE is
> selected the build system does not honour this and behaves as though the
> use selected CONFIG_DEBUG_LL_UART_PL01X instead.
> Unfortunately if we fix this and remove CONFIG_DEBUG_LL_UART_NONE as
> proposed above then the oldconfig will silently select
> In other words I will be able to offer a patch so that oldconfig
> *compiles* but I don't know how to get it to preserve behaviour (or
> whether this matters).
> Hints about what to do would be very welcome.


Out of interest, would you accept the much less ambitious older version
of this patch for the upcoming merge window:

The version linked above solves the problems for multi-platform kernel
users (which were caused by SPEARr being enabled in the default
multi-platform builds) but doesn't seek to fix things like ICEDCC and
semihosting for the remaining single platform kernels.


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