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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC 15/17] microblaze: Convert from _fdt_start to __dtb_start
On 11/13/2013 05:14 PM, Rob Herring wrote:
> On 11/13/2013 07:40 AM, Michal Simek wrote:
>> On 11/13/2013 11:19 AM, Michal Simek wrote:
>>> On 11/12/2013 08:42 PM, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
>>>> Kill the microblaze-specific __fdt_blob section, and start
>>>> using .dtb.init.rodata from <asm-generic/sections.h> for
>>>> built-in DTBs, like most other DT enabled architectures.
>>>> Signed-off-by: Geert Uytterhoeven <> Cc:
>>>> Michal Simek <> Cc: Rob Herring
>>>> <> Cc:
>>>> Cc:
>>>> --- Untested, but the resulting
>>>> vmlinux after "make simpleImage.system" looks sane.
>>>> 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.
> Isn't the built-in dtb in a RO init section? Seems like a bad idea to
> write to it. Also, it will be a double copy because a built-in dtb has
> to be copied out of init section.

Microblaze has it currently out of RO section.
This patch is adding it there.

I have looked at powerpc flow which is probably the closest to our version.

Saving dtb pointer to r31 then initial_mmu which setups 16MB tlb for kernel
then some exception and calling machine_init()->early_init_devtree()
->move_device_tree() where also change initial_boot_params location
for unflatten_device_tree() in setup_arch().

Ben: I didn't find any TLB entry for DTB itself.
Does it mean that I missed it or that powerpc can access in machine_init()
the whole memory space?


Michal Simek, Ing. (M.Eng), OpenPGP -> KeyID: FE3D1F91
w: p: +42-0-721842854
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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