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SubjectRe: pxa_defconfig runtime failures due to 'ARM: pxa: activate pinctrl for device-tree machines'
On 05/28/2016 01:24 AM, Robert Jarzmik wrote:
> Guenter Roeck <> writes:
>> Hi,
>> your mainline commit f806dac5938b ("ARM: pxa: activate pinctrl for device-tree
>> machines") causes various non-devicetree systems to fail with the following
>> error messages when running a pxa_defconfig image.
> Ah yes, you're right.
>> During boot:
>> Can't request reset_gpio
>> At reboot:
>> reboot: Restarting system
>> ------------[ cut here ]------------
>> kernel BUG at arch/arm/mach-pxa/reset.c:59!
>> ...
>> Added logging shows that the error seen when trying to request the reset gpio
>> is -EPROBE_DEFER, and that the pxa gpio driver is not instantiated.
>> This is seen when attempting to run akita, borzoi, spitz, terrier, or tosa
>> in qemu with pxa_defconfig. Reverting your patch fixes the problem.
>> Is this on purpose ?
> Well no :)
> The real reason behind is that gpio handling for pxa in its current state cannot
> be built for _both_ a devicetree machine (ie. pxa-dt.c) and a non devicetree
> machine (ie. corgi, tosa, ...).
> This is turn is because for devicetree a pinctrl is enforced for the machine,
> and a pinctrl driver is required. If it's not available, pxa_gpio_request()
> fails on pinctrl_request_gpio() and returns -EPROBE_DEFER.
> Now the true chicken and egg problem is than machine files,
> ie. arch/arm/mach-pxa/xxx.c are using gpio before the drivers are probed, in the
> init_machine() function, and that's why pinctrl/gpio for legacy machine files is
> a bit difficult.
>> Unless I am missing something, it effectively means that
>> pxa_defconfig no longer works for pxa3xx systems, since those do not support
>> devicetree (or at least there is no devicetree file which includes
>> pxa3xx.dtsi).
> I'd rather say that pxa_defconfig doesn't work anymore on any legacy system.
> Its first purpose was to ensure compilation coverage of all legacy pxa systems.
> Its second one was to have a single kernel bootable on all legacy pxa systems.
> Therefore, would you tell me if the patch in [1] fixes your issue ?

Yes, it does. It is actually the workaround I deployed for my test builds,
since I thought that the change was on purpose.


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