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SubjectRe: [PATCH 19/19] Documentation: ACPI for ARM64
On 2014-7-28 17:07, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Saturday 26 July 2014 19:34:48 Olof Johansson wrote:
>> On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM, Hanjun Guo <> wrote:
>>> +Relationship with Device Tree
>>> +-----------------------------
>>> +
>>> +ACPI support in drivers and subsystems for ARMv8 should never be mutually
>>> +exclusive with DT support at compile time.
>>> +
>>> +At boot time the kernel will only use one description method depending on
>>> +parameters passed from the bootloader.
>> Possibly overriden by kernel bootargs. And as debated for quite a
>> while earlier this year, acpi should still default to off -- if a DT
>> and ACPI are both passed in, DT should at this time be given priority.
> I think this would be harder to do with the way that ACPI is passed in
> to the kernel. IIRC, you always have a minimal DT information based on
> the ARM64 boot protocol, but in the case of ACPI, this contains pointers
> to the ACPI tables, which are then used for populating the Linux platform
> devices (unless acpi=disabled is set), while the other contents of the
> DTB may be present but we skip the of_platform_populate state.
> If this is correct, then replacing the firmware-generated dtb with a
> user-provided on would implicitly remove the ACPI tables from visibility,
> which is exactly what we want.
> It's possible that I'm misremembering it though, and it should be
> documented better.
>>> +Regardless of whether DT or ACPI is used, the kernel must always be capable
>>> +of booting with either scheme.
>> It should always be possible to compile out ACPI. There will be plenty
>> of platforms that will not implement it, so disabling CONFIG_ACPI
>> needs to be possible.
> Right.

Actually, if platforms don't implement ACPI, acpi_disabled will always be set to
1 at early boot stage which before the device tree is unflattened, so device
tree will work as expected even if CONFIG_ACPI=y on such platforms.


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