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SubjectRe: AW: AW: [PATCH] x86: HPET force enable for Soekris net6501
We could also just add an ACPI table... same concept.  Still need to find it.

On February 14, 2014 10:38:24 AM PST, Thomas Gleixner <> wrote:
>On Fri, 14 Feb 2014, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>> On 02/14/2014 10:21 AM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>> > I wish we could just use devicetree for such cases and fix the crud
>> > ourself.
>> >
>> We'd have to identify the platform, which is the main problem. Right
>> now we support quirking for DMI or PCI, but I don't think we do for
>My point is that device tree support for some basic stuff like
>hpet/ioapic and such would allow people like Conrad to avoid the
>stupid hackery of quirks.
>Building your own DT requires to read a datasheet as does hacking a
>quirk, but its definitely simpler. And we can collect the DTs for
>known boards either in the kernel or in some external repository.
>People who are dealing with embedded stuff are not those who are
>frightened by datasheets and building a custom kernel with some extra
>I bet Conrad is also stuck with PIC on the E6xx CPU and that's a major
>PITA. I have such a board as well and it simply sucks.
>Now you can't hack an ioapic quirk because that's way to complex, but
>we have proven with the ce4100 that it is reasonably simple to get
>that stuff working nicely when you can read a datasheet. If we could
>generalize that for a few crucial devices that would help a lot.
>When I asked the board vendor why there are no acpi tables in the
>device, I got the answer, that this is an embedded board and the
>"BIOS" built with BLDK does not support that. We all know that's not
>true, but how does that help?
>The people who brought up the initial target OS (WinCE) on that board
>worked around the lack of ACPI by hacking HPET support into the CE
>preloader and switched all device drivers to use MSI because CE failed
>to handle the PIC properly. That avoided that they needed to hack the
>ioapic into submission as well.
>That's the sad reality. And we have to cope with these boards whether
>we like it or not.
> tglx

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