Re: [meta-rockchip][PATCH] kernel: linux-yocto: fix broken Ethernet MAC controller on RK3399 on 5.14 >= version <= 5.14.11


Khem Raj
 

On Mon, Dec 13, 2021 at 9:18 AM Quentin Schulz <foss+yocto@...> wrote:

Hi Khem,

On December 13, 2021 4:04:03 PM GMT+01:00, Khem Raj <raj.khem@...> wrote:
On Mon, Dec 13, 2021 at 1:00 AM Quentin Schulz <
quentin.schulz@...> wrote:

Hi Trevor,

Gentle ping :)

Honister 3.4.1 being out it's less of an issue but the question remains
at least for settling on a policy :)

Do we still need this patch ? I think now that dot release is out it’s less
of a problem. Version specific patching will set a different preset for the
layer to carry unexcercised patches
We need this patch for honister 3.4 but what I meant is that even though it's not needed for honister >= 3.4.1, I'm still interested in what the policy should be. Especially what we should have done between 3.4 and 3.4.1, before the latter was released.

I understand the precedent it creates but also, it's a bit sad for a "BSP" layer to have some support broken between Yocto releases.
I agree with you that broken is not good as it was for sometime, but
now with the latest supported release in 3.4 series ( which is 3.4.1)
things should be good.


Cheers,
Quentin



Cheers,
Quentin

On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 10:50:13AM -0800, Khem Raj wrote:
On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 10:03 AM Quentin Schulz <foss@...> wrote:



On November 16, 2021 6:45:05 PM GMT+01:00, Khem Raj <
raj.khem@...> wrote:
On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 9:12 AM Quentin Schulz <
quentin.schulz@...> wrote:

On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 09:08:41AM -0800, Khem Raj wrote:
On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 9:04 AM Quentin Schulz
<quentin.schulz@...> wrote:

On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 09:00:42AM -0800, Khem Raj wrote:
On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 7:52 AM Quentin Schulz
<quentin.schulz@...> wrote:

From Linux kernel v5.14 to v5.14.11 (both included), the
Ethernet
MAC
controller found on RK3399 is not working.

A fix is available in v5.14.12 and later (available also in
v5.15)
which is provided here and applied to linux-yocto source
tree if
linux-yocto version is of the impacted ones.

The conditional patching is unfortunately required because
Honister 3.4
has linux-yocto v5.14.9 and Honister 3.4.1 will have at
least
linux-yocto v5.14.14.
Patching piece below looks quite a bit.
lets just fix v5.14.14 and dont worry about 3.4
v5.14.14 is already fixed. The only release currently is 3.4
and I hit
that issue, hence the patch.
I assume not everybody is updating to 3.4.1 when it's out, I've
seen
people running behind dot releases.
What's bothering you?
once dot release is out then thats whats maintained not the
original
release since they are incremental.
the anon python to apply a patch. Can you explain why we want to
patch
applied this way ?
I could define a python function and use it like this:
SRC_URI:append:rk3399 = "${@rk3399_fix_mac(d)}"

Would that work better for you?

I am not yet convinced why should we have such version specific patch
If you could explain what's *really* bothering you, I could try to
find a proper explanation or agree with you but it's a bit too vague to me
right now. Anyway, I'll do some guesses in the next paragraphs.

Because Ethernet does not work for all RK3399-based boards in the
latest and only release of Honister?

meta-rockchip does not have honister branch for now. So it expects
master to keep working with honister for now. kernel upgrades are
already committed into honister branch on meta-yocto-bsps so fix it
already available in latest honister
branch and will be in imminent point release soon as well.


meta-rockchip is the BSP layer for Rockchip based devices, if not
there, where should I put this patch?

Or are we just going to say "Ethernet does not work, we know" to
people asking instead of having this patch in? Obviously you could tell
them to upgrade their oe-core/poky git repo to rolling honister or 3.4.1
once it's out but having this patch in avoid those questions.
I would say yes, document it as that of a known issue and possible fix
if someone is using exact point release. They might have snapshotted
meta-rockpi too and in that case it will be easy for them to carry a
local patch if needed.
vesion specific patching would also be setting a not so desired
patching practice, so I am trying to avoid it if we can.

I understand we're talking about policy here. I am not fond of this
patch either but Ethernet is quite critical on boards which don't have WiFi
for example. I don't have anything better to suggest to fix this in the
*latest* release.

Update to latest honister branch or wait for 3.4.1, would be my
suggestion.


Cheers
Quentin


Cheers,
Quentin

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