On 03/07/2018 03:24 PM, Daniel Kurtz wrote:
> The old_serial_port global array in 8250_core is supposed to hold an entry
> for each serial port on the system that cannot be discovered via a
> standard enumeration mechanism (aka ACPI/PCI/DTS).  The array is populated
> at compile-time from the value specified in the SERIAL_PORT_DFNS macro.
> This macro is defined in arch/serial.h.
> For x86, this macro is currently unconditionally initialized to supply
> four ioport UARTs (0x3F8, 0x2F8, 0x3E8, 0x2E8).
> However, not all x86 CPUs have these four ioport UARTs.  For example, the
> UARTs on AMD Carrizo and later are separate memory mapped Designware IP
> blocks.
> Fairly early in boot the console_initcall univ8250_console_init iterates
> over this array and installs these old UARTs into the global array
> serial8250_ports.  Further, it attemptes to register them for use as
> the console.  In other words, if, for example, the kernel commandline has
> console=ttyS0, the console will be switched over to one of these
> non-existent UARTs.  Only later, when the real UART drivers are probed
> and their devices are instantiated will the console switch back over to
> the proper UART.
> This is most noticeable when using earlycon, since part of the serial
> console log will appear to disappear (when the bogus old takes over) and
> then re-appear (when the real UART finally gets registered for the
> console).
> Add a Kconfig option to allow overriding this default hard coded value
> for arch/x86 devices that do not have such serial ports.
> Signed-off-by: Daniel Kurtz <djku...@chromium.org>
> ---
>  arch/x86/Kconfig              | 11 +++++++++++
>  arch/x86/include/asm/serial.h |  4 ++++
>  2 files changed, 15 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/arch/x86/Kconfig b/arch/x86/Kconfig
> index 0a258bb30159..7501cd776cfc 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/Kconfig
> +++ b/arch/x86/Kconfig
> @@ -463,6 +463,17 @@ config X86_SERIAL_BASE_BAUD
>         default, but may need to be changed to get earlycon to work on
>         some hardware, such as those that use AMD Carrizo or later SoCs.
> +     bool "Define un-enumerable serial ports"
> +     default y
> +     help
> +       Say Y here if you want the kernel to assume the precense of built-in


> +       serial ports that do not have a standard enumeration mechanism.
> +       Platforms that can find all serial ports via mechanisms like ACPI or
> +       PCI can set this to N.
> +
> +       If unsure, say Y.
> +
>  if X86_32
>  config X86_BIGSMP
>       bool "Support for big SMP systems with more than 8 CPUs"


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