[PATCH v2 07/10] ath10k: add fw-powerup-fail to ethtool stats.

Ben Greear greearb at candelatech.com
Tue Sep 30 08:53:20 PDT 2014

On 09/30/2014 05:27 AM, Michal Kazior wrote:
> On 29 September 2014 18:05, Ben Greear <greearb at candelatech.com> wrote:
>> On 09/29/2014 01:24 AM, Kalle Valo wrote:
>>> greearb at candelatech.com writes:
>>>> From: Ben Greear <greearb at candelatech.com>
>>>> This gives user-space a normal-ish way to detect that
>>>> firmware has failed to start and that a reboot is
>>>> probably required.
>>>> Signed-off-by: Ben Greear <greearb at candelatech.com>
> [...]
>>>> -    return 0;
>>>> +out:
>>>> +    /* If we have failed to power-up, it may take a reboot to
>>>> +     * get the NIC back online.
>>>> +     * Set flag accordinly so that user-space can know.
>>>> +     */
>>>> +    ar->fw_powerup_failed = !!ret;
>>>> +    return ret;
>>>>  }
>>> Would it be better to use ATH10K_STATE_WEDGED for this and then just
>>> export the state value to user space? Or should we have two different
>>> states, like FW_WEDGED and HW_WEDGED?
> Current WEDGED state is more like ON. It assumes mac80211 will call
> ath10k_stop().
> Adding another state just for the sake of handling power up / reset
> issues seems like an overkill to me.
>> I didn't want to mess with the state machine.  This counter
>> is just a clue to users that things might be badly wrong.  Some systems
>> might recover with another hard reset, some will hang the entire
>> system hard, and some will just stick in this state unable to
>> recover.  Some of my systems exhibit this last behaviour, so at
>> least with this patch I can warn the user that they need to
>> reboot to regain wifi functionality.
> If power up fails the error should propagate to `ifconfig wlanX up`
> (or whatever calling drv_start) eventually so I don't see the point in
> having this counter.

Supplicant manages this, and programatically it is not at all easy to
figure out that the network is failing to come up because the firmware
is broken-and-can't-be-fixed-without-reboot.

The counter I added can be queried by a management tool and propagate a
clear error to the end user.


Ben Greear <greearb at candelatech.com>
Candela Technologies Inc  http://www.candelatech.com

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