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Date:   Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:20:53 +0000
From:   Sudeep Holla <>
To:     Jean Delvare <>
Cc:     Sudeep Holla <>,
        LKML <>,
        "Jon Medhurst (Tixy)" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] firmware: arm_scpi: Add hardware dependencies

On 25/01/17 14:14, Jean Delvare wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:56:23 +0000, Sudeep Holla wrote:
>> On 25/01/17 13:50, Jean Delvare wrote:
>>> On Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:38:47 +0000, Sudeep Holla wrote:
>>>> On 25/01/17 13:32, Jean Delvare wrote:
>>>>> With a name like that, I assume that the ARM SCPI protocol is only
>>>>> useful on the ARM architectures.
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Jean Delvare <>
>>>>> Fixes: 8f1498c03d15 ("firmware: arm_scpi: make it depend on MAILBOX instead of")
>>>>> Cc: Sudeep Holla <>
>>>>> Cc: Jon Medhurst (Tixy) <>
>>>>> ---
>>>>> Please correct me if I'm wrong.
>>>> I won't say you are wrong but the reason why it's named arm_scpi is
>>>> because the protocol was developed by ARM. It doesnn't mean only
>>>> ARM/ARM64 needs to use it, it can be used on any architecture for
>>>> inter-processor communication using any communication technique
>>>> (currently mailbox is the only supported in the driver)
>>> OK, thanks for the clarification. In practice, what other architectures
>>> are using it?
>> None, hence I didn't say you are wrong ;). I am fine having the check if
>> it breaks for any other architecture with COMPILE_TEST.
> Not sure what you mean here... The purpose of COMPILE_TEST is to allow
> limiting the scope of a driver withing hurting the build test coverage.

No I agree with adding COMPILE_TEST just not ARM || ARM64

>> Also you have mentioned it fixes 8f1498c03d15, have you seen any
>> regression with that commit ? If so, details in the commit would be
>> good.
> Before 8f1498c03d15, the dependency on ARM_MHU made the driver only
> visible on ARM kernels. Since 8f1498c03d15, the driver is proposed to
> all, which I think isn't correct. 

I disagree here. It depends on mailbox as we use mailbox API. And it is
now used on AmLogic Meson series of SoC. So it *is correct*.

> In that sense my proposed patch is
> fixing a (user-friendliness) regression. But nothing serious.

Can you elaborate ? What's that *user-friendliness regression* ?
build/boot/... ? I just need more details.


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