[PATCH RFC] powerpc/mpc85xx: add support for the kmp204x reference board

Valentin Longchamp valentin.longchamp at keymile.com
Thu Jan 23 03:38:43 EST 2014

On 01/21/2014 06:01 PM, Scott Wood wrote:
> On Tue, 2014-01-21 at 17:34 +0100, Valentin Longchamp wrote:
>> On 01/20/2014 11:37 PM, Scott Wood wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2014-01-20 at 17:38 +0100, Valentin Longchamp wrote:
>>>> On 01/17/2014 10:48 PM, Scott Wood wrote:
>>>>> Why isn't the compatible "keymile,kmcoge4", like the model?
>>>> Because kmcoge4 is the board that is based on the kmp204x architecture/design.
>>>> We expect other boards (kmcoge7 for instance) based on the same kmp204x design.
>>> The top-level compatible isn't for the "architecture" or the "design".
>>> It's for the board.  Surely there's something different about kmcoge7
>>> versus kmcoge4 -- is it visible to software?
>> There should only be a few differences in the dts between the two boards.
>> Reading the ePAPR my understanding was that compatible is the "programming
>> model" and that's what I have named above design/architecture while model is the
>> exact model of the device in this case the exact board name.
> In practice, model is more for human consumption (e.g. there may be many
> variants that all look identical to software).  The "programming model"
> for an entire board includes everything on it.
>>>> You would prefer that I have the model and compatible stricly the same and add
>>>> any future board into the compatible boards[] from corenet_generic ?
>>> That's how it's usually done.  Or, at least provide the board
>>> architecture name as a secondary compatible after the board name.
>>>> If possible I would like to be able to see the boards that are based on a
>>>> similar design, that's what I wanted to achieve with this kmp204x name.
>>> Is "kmp204x" an official name of the architecture, rather than a
>>> generalization of "kmp2040" and "kmp2041"?  If there were a p2042, and
>>> you made a board for it, is there any chance it would be called kmp204x
>>> even if it were very different from the p2040/p2041 board?
>> It's the name we have picked up, but it's not official. We also use km83xx,
>> km82xx and it was derived from that.
>> If the hypothetical p2042 board was different it would then have another name.
> In that case, I don't object to it being listed in compatible, though
> the specific board name should come first.

OK then to sum up both points we would have:

	model = "keymile,kmcoge4";
	compatible = "keymile,kmcoge4", "keymile,kmp204x";

And I would add "keymile,kmcoge4" into the boards[] table.

>>>>> The device tree describes the hardware, not what driver you want to use.
>>>>> Plus, I don't see any driver that matches "gen,spidev" nor any binding
>>>>> for it, and "gen" doesn't make sense as a vendor prefix.  The only
>>>>> instance of that string I can find in the Linux tree is in mgcoge.dts.
>>>> Well it comes from mgcoge and that's why I have used this
>>>> It's for usage with the spidev driver (driver/spi/spidev.c). I agree that the
>>>> gen brings nothing. Would
>>>> spidev at 1 {
>>>> 	compatible = "spidev";
>>>> make more sense ?
>>> It doesn't address any of the other comments.
>> Can you please explicitly tell me how I should build this node ? What other
>> comments ? Must I be more generic with the name ?
>> Something like :
>> spi at 1 {
>> 	compatible = "zarlink,30343", "spidev";
> Remove "spidev".  Any nodes under the SPI controller node will be SPI
> devices, right?  So it doesn't add anything regarding hardware
> description.


Thank you for the feedback, I will then send a revised patch as soon as I have time.


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