[PATCH v2 3/3] ARM: dts: aspeed: Remove arch timer clocks property

Joel Stanley joel at jms.id.au
Fri Mar 18 17:18:50 AEDT 2022

On Thu, 17 Mar 2022 at 21:46, Marc Zyngier <maz at kernel.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Mar 2022 21:10:24 +0000,
> Kuldeep Singh <singh.kuldeep87k at gmail.com> wrote:

> > >
> > > >
> > > > Moreover, clocks also matches incorrectly with the regex pattern.
> > > > Remove this entry altogether to fix it.
> > > > 'clocks' does not match any of the regexes: 'pinctrl-[0-9]+'
> > >
> > > NAK. That's not a reason to randomly butcher things.
> >
> > I hope I explained my reasons above.
> My position on this sort of change remains. Blindly changing existing
> DTs based on a warning provided by a tool that totally ignores the
> reality of what is out there is not acceptable.

Thanks Marc for stating this. I share this view; we shouldn't go
around deleting parts of device trees for the sake of the bindings.
It's been happening across the tree, and I think it's to the detriment
of the supported hardware.

In the case of this particular change: I suspect this property was
there for early bringup, before the firmware was in place to configure
CNTFRQ. Looking back in time we had:

 clock-frequency = <25000000>;

I'm not sure why that changed from clock-frequency to clocks when the
device tree was mainlined.

That was bringup. These days, the vendor u-boot programs CNTFRQ with a
value for the system. This code is also in mainline u-boot, so as long
as you're running one of those firmwares the standard method will

The qemu model also sets CNTFRQ, so loading the kernel without going
through u-boot will be fine there too.

Given that, I think we can go ahead with removing the property in this case.

Reviewed-by: Joel Stanley <joel at jms.id.au>

I'll take the patch through my aspeed tree.



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