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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/5] arch: riscv: add support for building DTB files from DT source data
On Sat, 8 Jun 2019, Palmer Dabbelt wrote:

> On Thu, 06 Jun 2019 22:12:05 PDT (-0700), Paul Walmsley wrote:
> > On Tue, 4 Jun 2019, Loys Ollivier wrote:
> >
> > > Always build it ?
> > > Any particular reason to drop ARCH_SIFIVE ?
> >
> > Palmer had some reservations about it, so I dropped it for now. But then
> > as I was thinking about it, I remembered that I also had some reservations
> > about it, years ago: that everyone should use CONFIG_SOC_* for this,
> > rather than CONFIG_ARCH. CONFIG_ARCH_* seems better reserved for
> > CPU architectures.
>
> The SOC stuff will, of course, be vendor specific. In this idealized world
> SiFive's SOC support has nothing to do with RISC-V, but of course all of
> SiFive's SOCs are RISC-V based so the separation is a bit of pedantry. That
> said, in this case I think getting the name right does make it slightly easier
> to espouse this "one kernel can run on all RISC-V systems" philosophy.
> Balancing the SiFive and RISC-V stuff can be a bit tricky, which is why I am
> sometimes a bit pedantic about these sorts of things.

Once there are SoC variants that have different CPU cores, but with the
remaining chip integration the same, I think it would make sense to move
the CONFIG_SOC_ stuff out from ARM, RISC-V, etc., into something that's
not CPU architecture-specific. But for the time being, that seems
premature. Might as well have it be driven by an actual use-case.


- Paul

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