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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 2/5] of: change overlay apply input data from unflattened to FDT
On 04/05/18 00:22, Jan Kiszka wrote:
> On 2018-04-05 02:55, Rob Herring wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 5:35 PM, Jan Kiszka <> wrote:
>>> Hi Frank,
>>> On 2018-03-04 01:17, wrote:
>>>> From: Frank Rowand <>
>>>> Move duplicating and unflattening of an overlay flattened devicetree
>>>> (FDT) into the overlay application code. To accomplish this,
>>>> of_overlay_apply() is replaced by of_overlay_fdt_apply().
>>>> The copy of the FDT (aka "duplicate FDT") now belongs to devicetree
>>>> code, which is thus responsible for freeing the duplicate FDT. The
>>>> caller of of_overlay_fdt_apply() remains responsible for freeing the
>>>> original FDT.
>>>> The unflattened devicetree now belongs to devicetree code, which is
>>>> thus responsible for freeing the unflattened devicetree.
>>>> These ownership changes prevent early freeing of the duplicated FDT
>>>> or the unflattened devicetree, which could result in use after free
>>>> errors.
>>>> of_overlay_fdt_apply() is a private function for the anticipated
>>>> overlay loader.
>>> We are using of_fdt_unflatten_tree + of_overlay_apply in the
>>> (out-of-tree) Jailhouse loader driver in order to register a virtual
>>> device during hypervisor activation with Linux. The DT overlay is
>>> created from a a template but modified prior to application to account
>>> for runtime-specific parameters. See [1] for the current implementation.
>>> I'm now wondering how to model that scenario best with the new API.
>>> Given that the loader lost ownership of the unflattened tree but the
>>> modification API exist only for the that DT state, I'm not yet seeing a
>>> clear solution. Should we apply the template in disabled form (status =
>>> "disabled"), modify it, and then activate it while it is already applied?
>> No. I don't think that will work.
>> The of_overlay_apply() function is still there, but static. We can
>> export it again if the need arises.
> That would be the simplest solution from our perspective, but I'm not
> sure if that is in the original spirit of this change.

For short term out of tree usage, exporting of_overlay_apply() is ok.

Yes, for in-tree, exporting it again defeats the attempted process to
solve the overlay issues to make them acceptable in main line.

>> Another option is there is a notifier callback OF_OVERLAY_PRE_APPLY,
>> but I'm not sure we want to make that be the normal interface to make
>> modifications.
> And would calling modification functions from that callback be legal at all?

It might work in some specific cases, but the result is undefined.

> Jan

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