[PATCH] powerpc: Use shared font data

Michael Ellerman mpe at ellerman.id.au
Wed Aug 2 22:19:41 AEST 2023

"Dr. David Alan Gilbert" <linux at treblig.org> writes:
> * Michael Ellerman (mpe at ellerman.id.au) wrote:
>> linux at treblig.org writes:
>> > From: "Dr. David Alan Gilbert" <linux at treblig.org>
>> >
>> > PowerPC has a 'btext' font used for the console which is almost identical
>> > to the shared font_sun8x16, so use it rather than duplicating the data.
>> >
>> > They were actually identical until about a decade ago when
>> >    commit bcfbeecea11c ("drivers: console: font_: Change a glyph from
>> >                         "broken bar" to "vertical line"")
>> >
>> > which changed the | in the shared font to be a solid
>> > bar rather than a broken bar.  That's the only difference.
>> >
>> > This was originally spotted by PMD which noticed that sparc does
>> PMD means "Page Middle Directory" to most Linux folks, I assume that's
>> not what you meant :)
> Ah, any good TLA is ripe for reuse:
>    https://pmd.github.io/pmd/pmd_userdocs_cpd.html


Unfortunately this patch causes a warning:

  WARNING: unmet direct dependencies detected for FONT_SUN8x16
    Depends on [n]: FONT_SUPPORT [=y] && FRAMEBUFFER_CONSOLE [=y] && (!SPARC && FONTS [=n] || SPARC)
    Selected by [y]:
    - BOOTX_TEXT [=y] && PPC_BOOK3S [=y]

And breaks allmodconfig with:

  ld: arch/powerpc/kernel/btext.o:(.toc+0x0): undefined reference to `font_sun_8x16'
  make[3]: *** [../scripts/Makefile.vmlinux:36: vmlinux] Error 1

I guess the Kconfig logic needs some more work.


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