Re: [Cbe-oss-dev] [PATCH 11/13] cell: split out board specificfiles
From: Michael Ellerman
Date: Mon May 01 2006 - 20:14:57 EST
On Mon, 2006-05-01 at 15:51 -0700, Geoff Levand wrote:
> Segher, a problem with your suggestion is that our
> makefiles don't have as rich a set of logical ops as the
> config files. Its easy to express 'build A if B', but not
> so easy to do 'build A if not C'. To make this work
> cleanly I made PPC_CELL denote !SOME_HYPERVISOR_THING,
> so I can have constructions like this in the makefile:
> obj-$(CONFIG_PPC_CELL) += ...
I've been ignoring this discussion, but now that I read it I think this
is all kinda backwards.
PPC_CELL should not denote !SOME_HYPERVISOR, it should just mean "basic
cell support", ie. PPC_CELL gets you platforms/cell built in.
Then we can have SOME_HYPERVISOR which _adds_ support for that
hypervisor. And PPC_CELL_BLADE which selects things which are actually
specific to that hardware, like SPIDERNET etc.
But SOME_HYPERVISOR should not remove support for running on bare metal,
it should just give you the option of running on the hypervisor. Yes
that may require testing things at runtime, that's what
firmware_has_feature() is for.
The goal should be that we have one kernel which can boot on all Cell
implementations. In fact the ultimate goal is to have one kernel that
can boot any platform under powerpc, that's a way off still, but we
don't want to start going backwards.
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