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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC 15/17] microblaze: Convert from _fdt_start to __dtb_start
On 11/13/2013 03:02 PM, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 2:40 PM, Michal Simek <> wrote:
>>>> QUESTION: The padding of the DTB is gone, is this OK?
>>> Removing this kernel padding should be fine. I can't remember
>>> why it was there from the beginning.
>> I know why is this here. The reason is process how dtb is passed
>> to the kernel via command line. head.S code just copy that dtb to
>> the same location where compiled-in dts is expected and kernel
>> doesn't need to care about position of dtb because this copy is
>> done without MMU. And the full kernel is covered by 2 tlbs and
>> we don't need to use another TLB for dtb mapping.
>> It means pad matters a lot. Because u-boot ITS format doesn't use
>> simpleImage target but the kernel need to have a space for copying
>> dtb to this kernel location.
>> Let me think about if there is an easy way to handle dtbs
>> which are passed from bootloader.
> You can add to asm-generic/sections.h:
> #endif
> and change KERNEL_DTB() to:
> #define KERNEL_DTB() \
> VMLINUX_SYMBOL(__dtb_start) = .; \
> *(.dtb.init.rodata) \
> VMLINUX_SYMBOL(__dtb_end) = .;
> Then microblaze can predefine ARCH_DTB_PADDING in its
> <asm/sections.h>.
> Still, it will crash badly if the external DTB is larger than

yes but the question is if our bootflow is correct or not.
Because the problem is still with ARCH_DTB_PADDING value.
In past we have extended this padding from 16k to 32k.

We are setting up one tlb for early console and we can just do the same
for dtb and fix kernel for this cases. Then we don't need to waste
of memory for allocating space for dtb.


Michal Simek, Ing. (M.Eng), OpenPGP -> KeyID: FE3D1F91
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Maintainer of Linux kernel - Microblaze cpu -
Maintainer of Linux kernel - Xilinx Zynq ARM architecture
Microblaze U-BOOT custodian and responsible for u-boot arm zynq platform

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