[Lenny400] [Mipsbook-devel] Reviewing the Ingenic board initialisation code

Paul Boddie paul at boddie.org.uk
Tue Jun 9 18:36:09 CEST 2015

On Tuesday 9. June 2015 17.26.07 Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> I have to correct myself.
> Yesterday, JZ4740 DT support has found its way into linux-next:
> 	https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/next/linux-
> So we definitvely will see it as part of the 4.2-rc series :)

Yes, it looks like the beginning of full device tree support, at least.

> A minor problem will be how to boot a DT kernel… We can’t easily modify
> U-Boot to load the .dtb and pass its address to the bootm command.
> But it is usually possible to append the DTB before using mkimage to build
> an uImage. Then, the kernel startup code will scan the kernel binary for a
> DTB.
> I hope this mechanism exists for MIPS as well and not only for ARM. It
> needs some CONFIG to be enabled.
> We also use this method for the GTA04 if we boot from NAND. There we also
> can’t load a separate DTB (because we have no dedicated partition for it).
> Here is the code that merges an existing uImage and some DTB into a
> bootable thing:
> 	http://git.goldelico.com/?p=gta04-rootfs.git;a=blob;f=config/root/flash-

I imagine that booting a single payload with appended DT information is 
probably desirable in many different environments. Indeed, I thought that this 
was being widely done on the supported platforms already.


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