Question about imx6qdl-colibri property in imx6qdl-colibri.dtsi

I am about to port my BSP changes from toradex_4.9-2.3.x to toradex_5.4-2.3.x.

I customized the device tree as explained in Device Tree Customization. I.e. I copied arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6dl-colibri-eval-v3.dts and modified it to meet the needs of our custom carrier board.

When integrating my changes into a new copy of imx6dl-colibri-eval-v3.dts from toradex_5.4-2.3.x-imx compiling the device tree failed at first:

 make imx6dl-colibri-myboard.dtb
  DTC     arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6dl-colibri-myboard.dtb
arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6dl-colibri-pe.dtsi:171.33-183.4: ERROR (duplicate_label): /soc/aips-bus@2000000/iomuxc@20e0000/csi_gpio-1: Duplicate label 'pinctrl_csi_gpio_1' on /soc/aips-bus@2000000/iomuxc@20e0000/csi_gpio-1 and /soc/aips-bus@2000000/iomuxc@20e0000/imx6qdl-colibri/csi_gpio-1
arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6dl-colibri-pe.dtsi:184.33-187.4: ERROR (duplicate_label): /soc/aips-bus@2000000/iomuxc@20e0000/csi_gpio-2: Duplicate label 'pinctrl_csi_gpio_2' on /soc/aips-bus@2000000/iomuxc@20e0000/csi_gpio-2 and /soc/aips-bus@2000000/iomuxc@20e0000/imx6qdl-colibri/csi_gpio-2
ERROR: Input tree has errors, aborting (use -f to force output)
make[1]: *** [scripts/Makefile.lib:285: arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6dl-colibri-myboard.dtb] Error 2
make: *** [Makefile:1270: imx6dl-colibri-myboard.dtb] Error 2

It turned out in commit “ARM: dts (ds): imx6: Merge changes from toradex_4.9-2.3.x-imx-next”
a new property imx6qdl had been introduced within &iomuxc in arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6qdl-colibri.dtsi. Has this been done on purpose? I am just wondering because the indention level had not been adjusted and because the purpose of it is not clear to me.

Hi @lmoellendorf !

I would say that most certainly yes, as it is still there (talking about BSP 5 LTS here :slight_smile: ). And the content of the iomuxc node is probably used/poked/modified in every embedded project. Therefore it is hard to say that it might be wrong.

Looking at the arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6qdl-colibri.dtsi file from BSP 5 (branch toradex_5.4-2.3.x-imx) I see that the indentation is indeed off.

About the purpose, I actually don’t know… comparing imx6qdl-colibri.dtsi from BSP 5 downstream-based (branch toradex_5.4-2.3.x-imx) with BSP 5 mainline-based (branch toradex_5.4.y) shows that the the imx6qdl-colibri node is only present in downstream-based.

Side note: as you are porting your Colibri iMX6 project to a new kernel (which is great), I would like to ask: why are you porting it to a downstream kernel?

I think it would be better to port upstream instead. Since BSP 6 is mainline only for i.MX6-based modules, you are going to have a probably better (smoother) transition from BSP 5 to BSP 6 in the future if you are already in a mainline-based BSP 5.

Best regards,

Thanks for the quick reply. I was not aware of downstream and mainline kernels. I am assuming that mainline kernel is or will be part of upstream (Linus Torvald’s) kernel sources while downstream is Toradex-only?

I did as suggested and ported my project to mainline kernel now.

I saw that there have been major changes in how HDMI, LCD and framebuffer configuration is structured.

  1. hdmi_audio, hdmi_core, hdmi_video, sound_hdmi and i2dccc are now all part of hdmi? And hdmi is disabled by default?
  2. lcd is now lcd_display?
  3. mxcfb1 and mxcfb12 are gone? How can I enable the framebuffer devices?
  4. The content of drivers/video/fbdev/mxc/mxc_lcdif.c is [EDIT: now in drivers/video/fbdev/imxfb.c gone? Where can I add video modes?]

The differences in arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6qdl-colibri.dtsi and arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6qdl.dtsi between downstream and mainline are huge.

My port to downstream compiled and booted. My port to mainline compiles, but does not boot. It stops at:

## Flattened Device Tree blob at 12100000
   Booting using the fdt blob at 0x12100000
   Loading Device Tree to 1fff0000, end 1ffff2ec ... OK

Starting kernel ...

Comparing arch/arm/boot/dts/.imx6dl-colibri-myboard.dtb.dts.tmp mainline version with downstream shows that mainline DTB is missing a lot entries of that are part of the DTB in downstream, although both include the same files.

How can I find the missing parts and how can I add them?

Hi @lmoellendorf ,

Be aware that this device tree file is describing on a module level,:


this device tree is on the SoC level. Here’s a little graphic to give you an overview:

Can you share a screen shot from the logs after u-boot is launched? There we should see all applied device tree files?

Best Regards

@kevin.tx: What I meant was that the differences between mainline and downstream arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6qdl-colibri.dtsi as well as between mainline and downstream arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6qdl.dtsi are huge.

As I already wrote, I based my custom DTS on a copy of imx6dl-colibri-eval-v3.dts which I then customized. I could update my DTS to the downstream based kernel by comparing my old DTS with the new imx6dl-colibri-eval-v3.dts and incorporating the changes.

But in mainline-based kernel a lot of entries have been removed from imx6dl-colibri-eval-v3.dts and I cannot see where they are defined now.

I did some more comparsion between my “downstream” DTS and mainline imx6dl-colibri-eval-v3.dts and found out that my major problem is pin muxing.

E.g. in my custom DTS on downstream kernel I have these lines in iomuxc:

&iomuxc {
	pinctrl-names = "default";
	pinctrl-0 = <
		&pinctrl_weim_gpio_1 &pinctrl_weim_gpio_2
		&pinctrl_weim_gpio_3 &pinctrl_weim_gpio_4
		&pinctrl_weim_gpio_5 &pinctrl_weim_gpio_6


But if I add these section to my mainline DTS the kernel does not start booting. I am booting via TFTP/NFS, this is the output in minicom (the “screenshot”, I have no screen attached):

U-Boot 2016.11-2.8.4+gfae215c23c (Sep 16 2020 - 08:36:53 +0000)

CPU:   Freescale i.MX6DL rev1.3 at 792 MHz
Reset cause: POR
I2C:   ready
DRAM:  512 MiB
PMIC:  device id: 0x10, revision id: 0x21, programmed
auto-detected panel vga-rgb
Display: vga-rgb (640x480)
In:    serial
Out:   serial
Err:   serial
Model: Toradex Colibri iMX6 DualLite 512MB V1.1A, Serial# 05189691
Net:   using PHY at 0
Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0
Colibri iMX6 # run netboot
Booting via TFTP/NFS...
Using FEC device
TFTP from server; our IP address is
Filename 'colibri_imx6/imx6dl-colibri-myboard.dtb'.
Load address: 0x12100000
Loading: ##################################################  51 KiB
         4.2 MiB/s
Bytes transferred = 52233 (cc09 hex)
Using FEC device
TFTP from server; our IP address is
Filename 'colibri_imx6/zImage'.
Load address: 0x11000000
Loading: ##################################################  6.3 MiB
         3.8 MiB/s
Bytes transferred = 6560784 (641c10 hex)
## Flattened Device Tree blob at 12100000
   Booting using the fdt blob at 0x12100000
   Loading Device Tree to 1fff0000, end 1ffffc08 ... OK

Starting kernel ...

I use a custom command netboot which is similar to nfsboot. Only difference is that it uses hard coded variables instead of retrieving them via DHCP.

If I comment out the above mentioned lines in iomuxc, the kernel starts booting, but I get this warning:

[    0.058142] imx6dl-pinctrl 20e0000.iomuxc: no fsl,pins and pins property in node /soc/aips-bus@2000000/iomuxc@20e0000/csi
[    0.058179] imx6dl-pinctrl 20e0000.iomuxc: no fsl,pins and pins property in node /soc/aips-bus@2000000/iomuxc@20e0000/gpio
[    0.058208] imx6dl-pinctrl 20e0000.iomuxc: initialized IMX pinctrl driver

And later some custom kernel modules fail to load because of invalid pin configuration:

[    1.848833] input: gpio-keys as /devices/soc0/gpio-keys/input/input0
[    1.856079] imx6dl-pinctrl 20e0000.iomuxc: invalid function gpio in map table
[    1.863239] gpio-keys: probe of mymodule failed with error -22

Further below systemd complains:

[    6.466796] mymodule2: module is from the staging directory, the quality is unknown, you have been warned.
[FAILED] Failed to start Load Kernel Modules.
See 'systemctl status systemd-modules-load.service' for details.

And finally systemd enters emergency mode with:

[  OK  ] Listening on Load/Save RF Kill Switch Status /dev/rfkill Watch.
[ TIME ] Timed out waiting for device dev-mmcblk0p3.device.
[DEPEND] Dependency failed for /data.
[DEPEND] Dependency failed for Local File Systems.

This is the output of ‘systemctl status systemd-modules-load.service’ (custom module names edited):

[[0;1;31m●[[0m systemd-modules-load.service - Load Kernel Modules
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/systemd-modules-load.service; static; ven
dor preset: enabled)
   Active: [[0;1;31mfailed[[0m (Result: exit-code) since Thu 1970-01-01 00:00:06
 UTC; 15min ago
     Docs: man:systemd-modules-load.service(8)
  Process: 158 ExecStart=/lib/systemd/systemd-modules-load [[0;1;31m(code=exited
, status=1/FAILURE)[[0m
 Main PID: 158 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

Jan 01 00:00:06 pe8007-00142d4e42cf systemd-modules-load[158]: [[0;1;31m[[0;1;39
m[[0;1;31mFailed to find module 'galcore'[[0m
Jan 01 00:00:06 pe8007-00142d4e42cf systemd-modules-load[158]: Inserted module '
Jan 01 00:00:06 pe8007-00142d4e42cf systemd-modules-load[158]: Inserted module '
Jan 01 00:00:06 pe8007-00142d4e42cf systemd-modules-load[158]: Inserted module '
Jan 01 00:00:06 pe8007-00142d4e42cf systemd-modules-load[158]: Inserted module '
Jan 01 00:00:06 pe8007-00142d4e42cf systemd-modules-load[158]: Inserted module '

imx6dl-colibri-myboard.dts (renamed) is including:

#include <dt-bindings/input/input.h>
#include <dt-bindings/interrupt-controller/irq.h>
#include "imx6dl.dtsi"
#include "imx6qdl-colibri.dtsi"

If I use imx6dl-colibri-eval-v3.dtb instead of the custom DTS the kernel starts, but of course my modules fail to load.

For now I will use my downstream based kernel, but I would be grateful for help with the migration to mainline.

Hi @lmoellendorf ,

I understand, sorry for my confusion with the different files.

In the meantime, I had some chats internally about the changes you mentioned from downstream to upstream. It is right what you observed, there were a lot of changes to these files.

Can you maybe state here which entries you do not find anymore? Or are you mainly talking about the &iomuxc? Or are you using the ones you list here:

Furthermore, I would be curious to know what exactly you would like to enable. Are there a lot of things you’re enabling and disabling? If not, could you list them here?

Just so we have a better understanding of what the final setup should have enabled and disabled.

Best Regards

Ok, here is the list:

disable (if not already disabled):

  • &hdmi_audio
  • &hdmi_core
  • &hdmi_video
  • &sound_hdmi
  • &i2cddc
  • &pwm1
  • &pwm4


  • &can1
  • &lcd

configure these pins:


The rest is similar to imx6dl-colibri-eval-v3.dts besides some WEIM and USB configuration.