Wednesday, April 27, 2022

[fedora-arm] Re: wondering about a few kernel config options

On 4/27/22 12:27, Ian McInerney wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 4:06 PM Peter Robinson < <>> wrote:
> Hey Dusty,
> > > Hey jforbes,
> > >
> > > I'm looking at buying a quartz64 ARM board (relatively new board
> > > from pine64 kind of like a Raspberry Pi) [1]. I think there are
> > > some config options in the kernel that need to be set. I found where
> > > someone opened a PR for Arch [2]. I compared that with what we have
> > > in the Fedora aarch64 kernel config and here's what would need to change:
> > >
> > > CONFIG_MMC_SDHCI_OF_DWCMSHC is not set   -> y
> > >
> > > Is changing kernel config options a big ask or a reasonable request?
> Is it a big ask? No, is it a reasonable request? No.
> These are arm devices so please come to the arm list/maintainers with
> these requests?
> IMO asking Justin was a perfectly valid start to exploring these options, because he is the Fedora kernel maintainer. And Justin reached out to this list to solicit input and opinions, so was there really any harm done?
> > This should not be a problem.  I am CCing <>
> > so that others are aware.  I will try to remember for 5.17.5 tomorrow,
> > but on vacation travelling by motorcycle this week, so if I forget,
> > remind me early next week.
> Why do they need to be built in? They don't. One is a SDHCI driver and
> the other is an ethernet PHY, both are dealt with in initrd just fine
> and have no reason to be built in, we deal with these just fine across
> 100s of other devices in initrd.
> Link [2] provided in the initial email forwarded to the list says that module loading for the motorcomm PHY does not work because the chip has a zeroed out manufacturer ID and so it gets associated to the generic driver first and then can't be associated with the proper driver later. Moving the driver from a module to being built into the kernel is mentioned under the troubleshooting section of the Pine64 wiki ( <>) as being the fix for this issue.
> Looking at the driver history, it was noted that the OUI is empty during the initial driver review <>, and nothing further was noted other than the possibility of an OUI conflict. So this appears to be needed to fix a quirk in the hardware where motorcomm didn't include their OUI even though they were assigned one.
> That being said, I am not sure what the likelihood of a conflict with another PHY reporting the same (empty) OUI part would be, and so I am not sure if this would usurp the generic driver in any cases it shouldn't if it were to be built into the kernel instead of as a module.
> As for the other config (CONFIG_MMC_SDHCI_OF_DWCMSHC), there is no note about if it needs to be a module or built-in, so it can probably be loaded by the Quartz64 as a module. The original requester probably suggested it as a built-in because that is what the other enablement PR in the other distro did.

Thanks Ian.

From your evaluation does it look like the following is true:

CONFIG_MOTORCOMM_PHY=m -> y - might be needed for this specific hardware but we don't know if it's safe to do.
CONFIG_MMC_SDHCI_OF_DWCMSHC needs to be set and having it be a loadable module should be fine?

Thanks for the help!
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