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Re: [MIPS] Resolve compile issues with msp71xx configuration

To: Geert Uytterhoeven <>
Subject: Re: [MIPS] Resolve compile issues with msp71xx configuration
From: Shane McDonald <>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 00:21:09 -0600
Cc: Ralf Baechle <>,
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On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 7:22 AM, Geert Uytterhoeven <> wrote:
On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 15:09, Ralf Baechle <> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 06:59:17AM -0600, Shane McDonald wrote:
>> There have been a number of compile problems with the msp71xx
>> configuration ever since it was included in the
>> repository.  This patch resolves these problems:
>>  - proper files are included when using a squashfs rootfs
>>  - resetting the board no longer uses non-existent GPIO routines
>>  - create the required plat_timer_setup function
>> This patch has been compile-tested against the current HEAD.
>> Signed-off-by: Shane McDonald <>
>> ---
>>  arch/mips/pmc-sierra/msp71xx/msp_prom.c  |    3 ++-
>>  arch/mips/pmc-sierra/msp71xx/msp_setup.c |    8 ++------
>>  arch/mips/pmc-sierra/msp71xx/msp_time.c  |    7 ++-----
>>  3 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 12 deletions(-)
>> diff --git a/arch/mips/pmc-sierra/msp71xx/msp_prom.c b/arch/mips/pmc-sierra/msp71xx/msp_prom.c
>> index e5bd548..1e2d984 100644
>> --- a/arch/mips/pmc-sierra/msp71xx/msp_prom.c
>> +++ b/arch/mips/pmc-sierra/msp71xx/msp_prom.c
>> @@ -44,7 +44,8 @@
>>  #include <linux/cramfs_fs.h>
>>  #endif
>> -#include <linux/squashfs_fs.h>
>> +#include <linux/magic.h>
>> +#include "../../../../fs/squashfs/squashfs_fs.h"
> No way.  You're reaching deep into the internals of squashfs for no good
> reason.  The only use of anything from squashfs_fs.h is a cast and casting
> to void * would work just as well.

He needs the definition of struct squashfs_super_block to access the .bytes_used
field. Alternatively, the offset of that field must be hardcoded.

BTW, the magic is __le32, and bytes_used is __le64, so there are some

I am not sure how to proceed here.  My main purpose in providing this patch was to get the msp71xx platform compiling again, but I stumbled into some pre-existing code ugliness, which I must confess I was ultimately responsible for.

As Geert said, I need to reach deep into the squashfs internals to access the bytes_used field of struct squashfs_super_block; the code just previous to this line works similar for the cramfs filesystem, where it accesses the size field of the struct cramfs_super field.  The cramfs code doesn't look as bad, because its superblock structure is defined in an easier-to-access file (linux/cramfs_fs.h).

I can see a number of possible paths here:

1. Fix up the existing patch with le{32,64}_to_cpu() as Geert suggested, and leave everything else as-is.
2. Approach the squashfs maintainers to move the squashfs_fs.h file to a more public location, and still do 1.
3. Pull the squashfs code entirely.
4. Remove the entire get_ramroot() code, both squashfs and cramfs, as Christoph has suggested.  I am hesitant to do this as it also affects code in the MTD subsystem (file maps/pmcmsp-ramroot.c), and it also loses some functionality on the PMC boards (putting the rootfs in RAM immediately following the kernel).  Perhaps there's a better way to handle this?

I am open to suggestions on how to proceed.



Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 --

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
                                                           -- Linus Torvalds


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