[PATCH v2 3/3] powerpc: Add support for ram filesystems in FIT uImages

Peter Tyser ptyser at xes-inc.com
Thu Dec 31 10:39:53 EST 2009

Hi Grant,
I put U-Boot ML on CC.

On Wed, 2009-12-30 at 16:02 -0700, Grant Likely wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 6:50 PM, Peter Tyser <ptyser at xes-inc.com> wrote:
> > The PowerPC architecture has the ability to embed the ramdisk located
> > at arch/powerpc/boot/ramdisk.image.gz into a bootable kernel image.  If
> > the bootable kernel is in the Flattened Image Tree (FIT) format, the
> > ramdisk should be a node in the tree instead of being embedded directly
> > in the kernel executable.
> >
> > A FIT uImage with a ram filesystem can be generated using the command:
> > "make uImage.fit.initrd.<boardname>" where <boardname> is one of
> > arch/powerpc/boot/dts/<boardname>.dts.  The command will generate a FIT
> > uImage at arch/powerpc/boot/uImage.fit.initrd.<boardname> that contains
> > a kernel image, device tree blob, and a ram filesystem.
> >
> > The ramdisk at arch/powerpc/boot/ramdisk.image.gz can either be an older
> > style "ramdisk" or a newer "ramfs" gzipped cpio archive.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Peter Tyser <ptyser at xes-inc.com>
> > ---
> > Changes since v1:
> > - Don't strip leading 0x from dts ramdisk address
> >
> >  arch/powerpc/boot/Makefile |    3 +++
> >  arch/powerpc/boot/wrapper  |   20 ++++++++++++++++----
> >  scripts/mkits.sh           |   34 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
> >  3 files changed, 51 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/arch/powerpc/boot/Makefile b/arch/powerpc/boot/Makefile
> > index e56ec21..c2a6591 100644
> > --- a/arch/powerpc/boot/Makefile
> > +++ b/arch/powerpc/boot/Makefile
> > @@ -313,6 +313,9 @@ $(obj)/uImage: vmlinux $(wrapperbits)
> >  $(obj)/uImage.fit.%: vmlinux $(obj)/%.dtb $(wrapperbits)
> >        $(call if_changed,wrap,uboot.fit,,$(obj)/$*.dtb)
> >
> > +$(obj)/uImage.fit.initrd.%: vmlinux $(obj)/%.dtb $(wrapperbits)
> > +       $(call if_changed,wrap,uboot.fit,,$(obj)/$*.dtb,$(obj)/ramdisk.image.gz)
> > +
> IIRC, uImage.fit.initrd.% should appear before uImage.fit.% in the
> Makefile so that make behaves more consistently.

Makes sense.

> Speaking of which,
> the number of '.' in the name is getting rather large.  Would you
> consider using 'fitImage' instead of 'uImage.fit'?

Sure, I don't have a strong opinion about the name.  I settled on
uImage.fit because all the U-Boot documentation describes the FIT images
as type of uImage.  Eg the readme is located in doc/uImage.fit, its
referred to as the "new uImage" format, etc.  So using the
"uimage.fit.*" name goes along with the concept that a FIT image is a
type of uImage.  A target like fitImage loses the uImage<->FIT

But I do agree that "."s are a bit overwhelming.  I could rework these
patches with your suggested fitImage target name and follow-up with
U-Boot patches to clear up its documentation.  In my opinion, there's
not much reason to keep the uImage<->FIT connection that currently
exists in U-Boot.  Right now U-Boot documents the "Legacy uImage" and
"FIT uImage" format when logically it would make sense to rename the
formats to "uImage" and "FIT" as there isn't much in common between the
2 formats.  The FIT image is just a blob generated by the device tree
compiler, its not tied to U-Boot in any way.

Does anyone in the U-Boot community have an opinion about this?  I'm
fine with keeping the uImage.fit naming or using fitImage for this
patch, but I think U-Boot's documentation should be on the same page
either way.

Thanks for the review,

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