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Date:   Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:06:48 +0200
From:   Christophe Leroy <>
To:     Michael Ellerman <>,
        Daniel Axtens <>,
        Pawel Dembicki <>
Cc:     Christian Lamparter <>,, Paul Mackerras <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] powerpc: Enable kernel XZ compression option on PPC_85xx

Le 13/06/2019 à 13:42, Michael Ellerman a écrit :
> Daniel Axtens <> writes:
>> Pawel Dembicki <> writes:
>>> Enable kernel XZ compression option on PPC_85xx. Tested with
>>> simpleImage on TP-Link TL-WDR4900 (Freescale P1014 processor).
>>> Suggested-by: Christian Lamparter <>
>>> Signed-off-by: Pawel Dembicki <>
>>> ---
>>>   arch/powerpc/Kconfig | 2 +-
>>>   1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>> diff --git a/arch/powerpc/Kconfig b/arch/powerpc/Kconfig
>>> index 8c1c636308c8..daf4cb968922 100644
>>> --- a/arch/powerpc/Kconfig
>>> +++ b/arch/powerpc/Kconfig
>>> @@ -196,7 +196,7 @@ config PPC
>>>   	select HAVE_IOREMAP_PROT
>>>   	select HAVE_KERNEL_GZIP
>>> -	select HAVE_KERNEL_XZ			if PPC_BOOK3S || 44x
>>> +	select HAVE_KERNEL_XZ			if PPC_BOOK3S || 44x || PPC_85xx
>> (I'm not super well versed in the compression stuff, so apologies if
>> this is a dumb question.) If it's this simple, is there any reason we
>> can't turn it on generally, or convert it to a blacklist of platforms
>> known not to work?
> For some platforms enabling XZ requires that your u-boot has XZ support,
> and I'm not very clear on when that support landed in u-boot and what
> boards have it. And there are boards out there with old/custom u-boots
> that effectively can't be updated.

I don't think that it has anything to do with u-boot.
AFAIK, today's mainline U-boot only supports GZIP (by default) and the 
following optional ones: LZO, LZMA, LZ4.

If we want to set additional compression types for u-boot, it is not 
enough to select HAVE_KERNEL_XXXX, we also have to update uImage 
generation scripts.

See the series I sent some time ago:
I'll resent it without bzip2 as today's uboot doesn't support bzip2 anymore.

> But as a server guy I don't really know the details of all that very
> well. So if someone tells me that we should enable XZ for everything, or
> as you say just black list some platforms, then that's fine by me.

I guess we first need to understand how this is used.


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