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Date:	Sun, 20 May 2007 21:29:20 -0700
From:	"Yinghai Lu" <yhlu.kernel@...il.com>
To:	"Andrew Morton" <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	"Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@...ssion.com>
Cc:	"Bjorn Helgaas" <bjorn.helgaas@...com>,
	"Gerd Hoffmann" <kraxel@...hat.com>, "Andi Kleen" <ak@...e.de>,
	"Linus Torvalds" <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
	"linux kernel mailing list" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH]serial: make early_uart to use early_prarm instead of console_initcall

On 5/20/07, Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org> wrote:
> I'll queue this up for some testing, but I'd be a bit reluctant to send it
> into Linus due to my poor understanding of what it actually does.  What
> _is_ an early console, and how does it differ from a non-early one?
>
> Someone help, please.
>
> Coudl you please provide a patch against
> Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt as well?
>
the story:
Bjorn refer to andi's early_printk to create one early_uart. it took
console=uart,io,0x3f8,9600n8
or console=uart,mem,0xfxxx,115200n8.
and it is called via console_init. --- it is not really early uart for
platform other than ia64.
ia64 call early_serial_console_init explicitly, so it is some early.
but it needs to late_initcall to do console switch.

Gerd's patch  (console handover) was merged into mainline. it will
switch from early_printk to normal console in register_console via
CON_BOOT flags.. ===> only for x86

I produced one patch to change early_uart calling from console_init to
early_param. So to make early_uart to real early_uart for all other
platform in addition to ia64.
it will take
earlycon=uart,io,0x3f8,9600n8 console=ttyS0,9600n8

but Bjorn said that don't let the customer to key two times about
console command line.
Then come this patch. will take
earlycon=uart,io,0x3f8,9600n8
and it will switch to console ttyS0 automatically. ---- by calling
add_preferred_console.

Still need Bjorn to:
1. remove early_serial_console_init call in ia64 setup_arch.
2. verify mem io 8250 compatiable card.

for 2, in x86 platform we need to use fix_to_virt and fix map to give
it one fixed virtual address. == like Eric did for usb debug port
console.

I will send out another in email about updated early dbgp console with
current tree.

YH
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