usage of new PC `platform_drv` and `pci_decode`

Stefan Kalkowski stefan.kalkowski at
Tue Jun 28 11:38:27 CEST 2022

Hello Pirmin,

On Tue, Jun 28, 2022 at 09:06:46AM +0200, Duss Pirmin wrote:
> Hello Genodians
> While debugging, I'm having
> trouble using the new `platfomr_drv` for the PC platform. From the release
> notes of 22.05, it seems that the new component `pci_decode` should be used
> to create the list of PCI devices.
> Searching for this on master and staging I only find the component's source
> and its mention in the release notes - but not how it's used. I therefore
> extended my search. In the repository of skalk, I have found the branch
> `nvme_drv`, which adapts the NVMe driver for the new platform driver.

You're right. Although, the new PCI decode component is already in
place, it is not actively used until now, except in development.
Therefore, please do not wonder if it is not working on a wide range
of machines for the moment.

> When I execute the run-script from this branch on different platforms
> (x86_64 qemu, an Intel 8th gen up-xtreme and my Intel 11700), `pci_decode`
> doesn't report any PCI devices.
> Are there any further requirements to use the new platform driver on PC?

No there are no further requirements.

The '' script in the mentioned topic branch is showcasing
the configuration of the pci_decode component. It only needs to consume
the report from the acpi_drv as well as the platform_info ROM module
from core. Moreover, it needs access to I/O memory to parse the PCI
bus. Then it should deliver a devices report.

I mainly used hardware while developing pci_decode, but it worked at
least in the past on Qemu too. Anyway, I can confirm it fails right
now to report anything on Qemu, but works on my reference hardware.
I've opened an issue in our issue tracker, and will investigate why
nothing gets reportes on Qemu soon:

For the time being, you're the first user of the platform_drv +
pci_decode component conglomerat. As part of the upcoming release we
plan to switch most PCI drivers to use it as well. So please, do not
resign while using it ;-), and thank you for reporting the issue.

Best regards

> Best regards
> Pirmin
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