And now for the actual test... [was: Re: What platform do you use?]

Ronald Klop ronald-lists at
Thu Aug 14 22:18:12 UTC 2014

On Mon, 11 Aug 2014 04:37:24 +0200, Ian Lepore <ian at> wrote:

> On Tue, 2014-08-05 at 10:26 -0600, Warner Losh wrote:
>> Greetings,
>> I’d like to know what platforms people use FreeBSD/arm with, and if  
>> you’d have time to test some potentially “break the kernel” sort of  
>> changes in the next month?
>> I have the following boards: boatloads of atmel, BBB, and RPI. This  
>> covers the at91, imx6 and broadcom directories. I also have a  
>> allwinnner board, but I’ve never got it booting FreeBSD. Likewise with  
>> a rockchip. I have some marvell gear too, but it is buried deep. This  
>> leaves a lot of other boards/SoCs to cover...
>> Warner
> So, anybody wanting to do the testing alluded to in this thread-starting
> message, here's all you need to do:
>  - Add "option ARM_DEVICE_MULTIPASS" to your kernel config.
>  - Rebuild and install the kernel, boot.
>  - Everything should still work.
> The only difference you should notice is that devices load in a
> different order at boot time.  Specifically, you'll see all the busses
> listed first, then interrupt controllers, then l2cache, then clocks and
> timers, then all the usual stuff after that.
> There's no immediate benefit or speedup or anything, this is to help
> pave the way for using fdt data that comes with a board or system
> instead of needing our special freebsd dtb files.  Right now we count on
> devices loading in the order we list them in our dts source.  This is a
> new way of loading things that should ensure critical devices are loaded
> first, even when we can't control the order of things in the fdt data.
> I've tested this on wandboard only so far.
> -- Ian

My Sheevaplug tftpboots with the option enabled. Could not diff the dmesg  
output, because my usb-stick now wants to do fsck which fails, so I can  
not mount /. (This is because unexpected reboot, not because of kernel  


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