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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 4/8] arm/dt: probe for platforms via the device tree
On Mon, May 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM, Tony Lindgren <> wrote:
> * Grant Likely <> [110429 00:13]:
>> +
>> +/**
>> + * setup_machine_fdt - Machine setup when an dtb was passed to the kernel
>> + * @dt_phys: physical address of dt blob
>> + *
>> + * If a dtb was passed to the kernel in r2, then use it to choose the
>> + * correct machine_desc and to setup the system.
>> + */
>> +struct machine_desc * __init setup_machine_fdt(unsigned int dt_phys)
>> +{
> ...
>> +
>> +     /* Retrieve various information from the /chosen node */
>> +     of_scan_flat_dt(early_init_dt_scan_chosen, boot_command_line);
> Just to make sure we're considering properly what this change means..
> Does this patch require using CONFIG_CMDLINE_FORCE for older bootloaders
> with the device tree append patch?

With the current patch? Yes, but there is a follow-on patch that was
posted a while ago[1] that will copy ATAG data into the device tree in
the bootloader. I've not been pushing to include that change since it
adds a lot of code to the wrapper and I'm not sure how deeply we want
to support that use case. Basically I want to have a better idea what
the supported use cases are before pushing something like that.

Adding a default command line to the .dts file instead of using


> Or should we still somehow get ATAG_CMDLINE let's say in the uncompress
> code and use that if nothing else is found?
> Otherwise booting old boards with the same kernel will be painful as
> it requires a kernel recompile to set the cmdline..
> Also, not counting the separate DT append issues, I got things booting
> with these patches (and the dts files) on omaps. So for patches 1 - 5,
> and patch 8:
> Tested-by: Tony Lindgren <>
> I don't have versatile or tegra, so can't test those :)

Awesome, thanks.



Grant Likely, B.Sc., P.Eng.
Secret Lab Technologies Ltd.
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