[Letux-kernel] LetuxOS Kernel: Status

David Shah dave at ds0.me
Sun Jun 21 08:12:00 CEST 2020


Hi Nikolaus,Just a few comments from my testing over the last few weeks.The 4.19.y issue seems like a more general issue as I never got 4.19.125, without LPAE, working on my uEVM - it would always get stuck at Starting Kernel. I think it went a bit further (crashing around mmc initialisation and at least printing something) when I accidentally gave it a dtb from 5.7 rather than 4.19. However, 4.19.80 worked reliably, and I haven't tried anything in-between.Meanwhile 5.7 was working reliably on my uEVM with 2GB of RAM, although that was also a non LPAE build only. Since then, there has also been the etnaviv patch which did add some hwmod data (for the GC320) and could possibly be related as it has only been tested on 5.6.y thus far. Or it is just another Pyra/uEVM difference.BestDavid
-------- Original message --------From: "H. Nikolaus Schaller" <hns at goldelico.com> Date: 20/06/2020  22:05  (GMT+00:00) To: Discussions about the Letux Kernel <letux-kernel at openphoenux.org>, kernel at pyra-handheld.com Subject: LetuxOS Kernel: Status Hi,after upgrading to v5.8-rc1 and fixing some older issues, I have spent the week withtesting of multiple kernel variants on most boards we support (more testers wouldbe helpful of course).The current status can be summarised as:* GTA04 is working well (with no new issues beyond the known ones)* OpenPandora working well (with no new issues beyond the known ones)* PandaBoard ES has problems with Ethernet, USB-gadget and partprobe for letux-5.6.y and later  twl6040 audio is only working with letux-4.19.y (but speaker gets hot indicating a big DC offset)* Pyra is working with letux-5.4.y and 5.6.y incl. patches by Dave Shah for TILER screen rotation,  Etnaviv setup and PVRSGX improvements.  4.19.y isn't booting reliably (at least LPAE build) - sometimes hangs after Starting Kernel...  5.7.y and 5.8-rc1 boot on 4GB RAM only (stumbles on 2GB with "missing hwmod/omap_dev info")  but there is no /dev/fb0 and backlight remains black (although brightness is set)  This has been tested on an older 2GB RAM Pyra (HW v5.1) and a mass (pre)production Pyra with 4GB RAM (HW v5.3)* BeagleBone with LCD cape is working, except 4.19.y which has no LCD and backlight* PinePhone, CI20, Udoo neo, RasPi and Tolino are not yet tested but I don't expect bigger problems  and if there are, they can be fixed in future v5.8 release candidatesPlease note that v5.6 is now [EOL] i.e. there will be no upstream patches any more.And note that letux-5.7 has switched the default PVRSGX release to DDK 1.17 whichis more modern (but 1.14 and some others are still included) and runs the same onomap3, omap4 and omap5.As a general observation of problems, twl6040 audio doesn't work after 4.19(on PandaBoard and Pyra). It is good that we have two quite different systems to test(OMAP5 uEVM has no connection for handsfree speakers and there may be differencesbetween omap4 and 5).I want to take a look at this since I have a quite clear picture what got more andmore broken (internal APIs have changed and initialization isn't correct any more),but please do not expect quick miracles since I have to fix the Pandaboard issuesfirst so that a modern kernel (at least v5.4) works there without other troubles.And I have to do that in my spare time (like most of us) which makes such topics get aquite low priority, because they are a lot of Sisyphos work (and not fun or anythingto learn something important).As a first step, I have now started the build server and the kernel builds willbe updated in the next hours (and reported here by automatically generated mail).Hopefully before v5.8-rc2 and new stable releases appear upstream.BR and thanks,Nikolaus_______________________________________________Kernel mailing listKernel at pyra-handheld.comhttp://pyra-handheld.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/kernel
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