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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] Documentation: arm: [U]EFI runtime services
On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 12:32:30PM -0600, Stephen Warren wrote:
> >> What about ARMv8? Is the intention to have a separate definition for the
> >> UEFI bindings on ARMv8, so that compatibility isn't an issue? What if a
> >> future version of UEFI allows LPAE usage?
> >
> > It is unlikely that will happen on v7 since newer versions of UEFI are
> > expected to remain backwards compatible with the current spec.
>
> The expectation of backwards-compatibility sounds nice, but it seems a
> little dangerous to outright rely on it.
>
> Even if not a regular compatible property, can we define a property that
> indicates the UEFI revision or revision of this DT binding, so that if
> we ever have to change it, there is some way of explicitly indicating
> which exact schema the DT corresponds to, rather than having to
> reverse-engineer it from the set of properties that "just happen" to be
> present in DT?
>
> This is rather like the firmware node discussion that happened recently,
> where we were expecting to represent a firmware (secure mode) interface
> by a DT node, which would have a compatible value, which in turn would
> convey information about which "OS" the secure firmware was running, and
> well as any potential SoC-/OEM-/board-specific interface provided by it.
>
> And who knows, what if UEFI gets replaced someday; presumably we'd want
> some way of explicitly stating "running under UEFI" vs. "running under
> something else"?

To me, these concerns are all covered by the existence of the
efi-system-table node, and the version number that you can extract
from the table (mandatory in any UEFI implementation) located at that
address. There is no reverse-engineering involved.

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Leif


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