Re: [PATCH v2 0/6] of: overlays: New target methods

From: Frank Rowand
Date: Thu May 26 2016 - 17:15:53 EST

On 5/16/2016 1:18 PM, Pantelis Antoniou wrote:
> This patchset implements two new target methods.
> A target index method which allows selecting different
> targets according to an argument using an extended API and
> a target root method that fences the target only
> to a specific given root.
> Documentation and unit-tests are included.

I think you are attacking the problem the wrong way.

If I understand correctly, the problem statement is:

In some cases, a devicetree overlay is meant to describe
a pluggable piece of hardware, which may be plugged into
various locations on a platform. It should be possible
to apply a single devicetree to one or more locations
on a given platform.

If that is the case, then putting the locations where the
overlay can be applied into the devicetree is not the
approach that I would use. It seems it would be better
to specify the target location as a separate item from
the overlay to the method that applies the devicetree.
In that case, I would put the node(s) describing the
pluggable hardware in the root node of the overlay
devicetree (dtc expects a root node). The apply
method can easily find the node(s) and relocate them
to the appropriate location in the platform's