On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 08:48:38PM +0000, Kumar Gala wrote:
> 
> On Feb 25, 2014, at 5:16 AM, Lorenzo Pieralisi <lorenzo.pieral...@arm.com> 
> wrote:
> 
> > Hi Stephen,
> > 
> > On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:20:43AM +0000, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> >> (Sorry, this discussion stalled due to merge window + life events)
> > 
> > Sorry for the delay in replying on my side too.
> > 
> >> On 01/17, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:
> >>> On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 07:26:17PM +0000, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> >>>> On 01/16, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:
> >>>>> On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 06:05:05PM +0000, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> >>>>>> On 01/16, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:
> >>>>>>> Do we really want to do that ? I am not sure. A cpus node is supposed 
> >>>>>>> to
> >>>>>>> be a container node, we should not define this binding just because we
> >>>>>>> know the kernel creates a platform device for it then.
> >>>>>> 
> >>>>>> This is just copying more of the ePAPR spec into this document.
> >>>>>> It just so happens that having a compatible field here allows a
> >>>>>> platform device to be created. I don't see why that's a problem.
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> I do not see why you cannot define a node like pmu or arch-timer and 
> >>>>> stick
> >>>>> a compatible property in there. cpus node does not represent a device, 
> >>>>> and
> >>>>> must not be created as a platform device, that's my opinion.
> >>>>> 
> >>>> 
> >>>> I had what you're suggesting before in the original revision of
> >>>> this patch. Please take a look at the original patch series[1]. I
> >>>> suppose it could be tweaked slightly to still have a cache node
> >>>> for the L2 interrupt and the next-level-cache pointer from the
> >>>> CPUs.
> >>> 
> >>> Ok, sorry, we are running around in circles here, basically you moved
> >>> the node to cpus according to reviews. I still think that treating cpus
> >>> as a device is not a great idea, even though I am in the same
> >>> position with C-states and probably will add C-state tables in the cpus
> >>> node.
> >>> 
> >>> http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.linux.power-management.general/41012
> >>> 
> >>> I just would like to see under cpus nodes and properties that apply to
> >>> all ARM systems, and avoid defining properties (eg interrupts) that
> >>> have different meanings for different ARM cores.
> >>> 
> >>> The question related to why the kernel should create a platform device
> >>> out of cpus is still open. I really do not want to block your series
> >>> for these simple issues but we have to make a decision and stick to that,
> >>> I am fine either way if we have a plan.
> >>> 
> >> 
> >> Do you just want a backup plan in case we don't make a platform
> >> device out of the cpus node? I believe we can always add code
> >> somewhere to create a platform device at runtime if we detect the
> >> cpus node has a compatible string equal to "qcom,krait". We could
> >> probably change this driver's module_init() to scan the DT for
> >> such a compatible string and create the platform device right
> >> there. If we get more than one interrupt in the cpus node we can
> >> add interrupt-names and then have software look for interrupts by
> >> name instead of number.
> > 
> > As I mentioned, I do not like the idea of adding compatible properties
> > just to force the kernel to create platform devices out of device tree
> > nodes. On top of that I would avoid adding a compatible property
> > to the cpus node (after all properties like enable-method are common for all
> > cpus but still duplicated), my only concern being backward compatibility
> > here (ie if we do that for interrupts, we should do that also for other
> > common cpu nodes properties, otherwise we have different rules for
> > different properties).
> > 
> > I think you can then add interrupts to cpu nodes ("qcom,krait" specific),
> > and as you mentioned create a platform device for that.
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Lorenzo
> 
> So I agree with the statement about adding compatibles just to create 
> platform devices is wrong.  However its seems perfectly reasonable for a cpu 
> node to have a compatible property.  I don't see why a CPU is any different 
> from any other device described in a DT.

I was referring to the /cpus node, not to individual cpu nodes, where
the compatible property is already present now.

Lorenzo

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