On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 07:28:14PM +0000, Travis Waters wrote: > Hi All! > > > For several years, my organization has built and maintained boards > SPARCH-architecture processors (specifically Gaisler's implementation > of the LEON3), and we have depended on u-boot as our primary > bootloader. But when attempting to update u-boot this morning, we > were disappointed to find that the SPARC support was completely > removed last March with commits: > > > 936478e797a87bcd4e002bf70430b6f58584b155 > > 54f302f1197a490c2c4e3564c698ecd090d5013b > > > What was the reasoning for completely removing support for SPARC? > What will it take to get it back in?
It was removed due to a lack of active maintainers. Last year when I removed it, I know a few people reached out to other groups in private to see if anyone wanted to maintain it, and no one stood up. I would be happy to have SPARC re-introduced, so long as: - It builds with a modern toolchain such as https://www.kernel.org/pub/tools/crosstool/files/bin/x86_64/6.4.0/ or https://www.kernel.org/pub/tools/crosstool/files/bin/x86_64/7.3.0/ - It does not add anything to scripts/config_whitelist.txt - Someone is going to be active in maintaining the port and doing the driver conversions to DM as they need to be done. - A real nice bonus would be hooking up QEMU and Travis-CI and test.py so that a basic level of functionality can be confirmed and tested every time. Thanks! -- Tom
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