Organisation of 4xx initialization code

Dan Malek dan at
Sat Nov 17 03:46:12 EST 2001

David Gibson wrote:

> Thoughts?

For some reason, the 4xx "structure" wasn't started correctly and
has taken a weird path.  I've discussed this with a few folks that
have asked about it.  Unfortunately, I've been working on a variety
of 4xx boards just to get them to work and haven't been able to
spend time sorting this out.

I don't have a response to your specific question, but in general
we have messed up the 4xx processor/board configuration.  This starts
all of the way from the include files and I'm sure exists in other
source files.  The problem I have with 4xx is we conceptually start with a
processor type, and then try to determine what board we have.  If you
use the 8xx as a model, it is done the other way around.  You first
start with some architecture common things, then do the board, then
let the board determine further unique processor or I/O configuration
details.  Other platforms seem to do something similar.

We need to start right at the top.  The ibm4xx.h file should include
the properly configured board description file, then that file should
include the proper processor type.  The kernel initialization should
do the same.

Specific to your question, I guess you are proposing to have a bunch
of platform_init functions, one for each board, then have them call generic
4xx functions if necessary.  Makes sense.

Who is going to restructure this and when is it going to be done :-)?
I have a big mess of STB and other 4xx stuff to check in, and it
doesn't fit anywhere right now (but is closer to the current model).


	-- Dan

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