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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3 - V2] Introducing Device Tree Overlays
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Hi Sebastian,

On Nov 7, 2013, at 10:46 PM, Sebastian Andrzej Siewior wrote:

> On 07.11.13, Pantelis Antoniou wrote:
>> Hi Sebastian,
> Hi Pantelis,
>
>> FWIW DT has been ported to x86. And is present on arm/powerpc/mips/arc and possibly
>> others.
>
> Yes, I know. I am the one that did the work for CE4100, the first one
> that boots with DT on x86.
>
>> So what are we talking about again? If you care about the non-DT case, why
>> don't you make a patch about how you could support Guenter's use case on
>> the x86.
>
> I am only saying that this "hot-plug a device at a non hot-plugagle bus at
> runtime" is not limited to DT but this solution is. X86 + ACPI is not
> the only limitation. ARM is (forced) going to ACPI as well as far I
> know. And this solution is limited to DT. This is what I am pointing
> out.
>

Who is forcing ACPI on ARM? Maybe for ARM64 and server markets but interest
in ACPI for all the other markets I'd say is nil.

A DT limited solution has more reach _today_ that what ACPI _might_ do sometime.

There is a big big world outside of x86.

>> His use case is not uncommon, believe it or not, and x86 would benefit from
>> something this flexible.
>
> I *think* a more flexible solution would be something like bus_type which is
> exposed via configfs. It would be attached behind a certain device/bus where
> the "physical" hotplug interface is. The user would then be able to read the
> configuration based on whatever information he has and could then create
> devices he likes at runtime. This wouldn't depend much on the firmware that is
> used but would require a little more work I think.
>

You might've missed the posting, but the original implementation was using a
bus (a capebus) and that went over like a lead ballon.

People use this, and find the concept useful.

In a nutshell, sure, there _might_ be better ways to do it, but no-one has
actually stepped forward and did it better.

>> Regards
>>
>> -- Pantelis
>
> Sebastian

Regards

-- Pantelis



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