Re: [PATCH] arm64: Kconfig.platforms: Re-organized Broadcom menu

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Wed Jul 13 2022 - 05:17:22 EST

Hi Krzysztof,

On Wed, Jul 13, 2022 at 10:40 AM Krzysztof Kozlowski
<krzysztof.kozlowski@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 13/07/2022 10:25, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 12, 2022 at 6:42 PM Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> There are now multiple Broadcom SoCs supported so group them under their
> >> own menu such that the selection is visually more appealing and we can
> >> easily add new platforms there in the future. This allows us to move
> >> ARCH_BRCMSTB back to its siblings.
> >>
> >> No functional changes introduced.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@xxxxxxxxx>
> >> ---
> >>
> >> Note this is based on "arm64: bcmbca: add arch bcmbca machine entry"
> >
> > Hi Florian,
> >
> > So far, we have tried to keep the Kconfig.platforms file rather coarse-grained,
> > mainly limiting it to company names and high-level families, but avoiding
> > sub-menus or adding too many sub-families.
> >
> > If we add per-vendor submenus, we should probably first decide how we
> > want to structure this across vendors. I've added maintainers and lists to
> > Cc for a couple of the ones that are in a similar situation.
> >
> > I can see a couple of ways we can do this:
> >
> > a) keep the list of platforms as short as possible, combining related
> > SoC families from a single vendor wherever possible, but no sub-menus
> > (same as today)
> >
> > b) Always use sub-menus when there is more than one family, but
> > keep relatively coarse platform selection.
> >
> > c) Use sub-menus and also move to a more fine-grained SoC
> > selection, similar to what we have on 32-bit arm.
> >
> > I would not really want to go to c), but a) and b) both make sense to
> > me as long as do it consistently across all platforms.
> >
> > Any other ideas or opinions?
> Whatever we decide here, the SoC can override in drivers/soc, just like
> Renesas did. I think Renesas chose option c), but made it in
> drivers/soc. I would vote to have consistent policy, so if arch/arm64 is
> a) or b), sub-archs should not redefine it in drivers/soc.

We did so because of the "only a single symbol in

> Or we could choose d)
> d) keep arch/arm64 list of platforms as short as possible, but sub-archs
> can do whatever they like on drivers/soc.
> Personally, I find fine-grained SoC selection a bit ridiculous
> optimization, like compiling kernel, Glibc and userspace with -O3,
> -funroll-loops and many other flags. One gets smaller size but looses
> multi-platform and ability to test one kernel on different boards.
> Therefore I would vote for b) with disallowing drivers/soc defining more
> ARCH_ and more SOC_.

No one prevents you from selecting multiple SoCs, they are not

With arm64 (or risc-v ;-) instead of arm32 being used for all new
SoCs, I expect the real small ones (with a few MiB of embedded
SRAM) to enter the arm64 realm soon. No point in including e.g. all
pinctrl drivers from the vendor if you have barely enough RAM to run
Linux and your app...



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