[PATCH] ath10k: Allow setting coverage class

Ben Greear greearb at candelatech.com
Fri Jul 29 08:09:40 PDT 2016

On 07/29/2016 07:52 AM, Benjamin Berg wrote:
> On Mi, 2016-07-27 at 10:26 -0700, Ben Greear wrote:
>> On 07/27/2016 01:33 AM, Benjamin Berg wrote:
>>> Unfortunately ath10k does not generally allow modifying the coverage class
>>> with the stock firmware and Qualcomm has so far refused to implement this
>>> feature so that it can be properly supported in ath10k. If we however know
>>> the registers that need to be modified for proper operation with a higher
>>> coverage class, then we can do these modifications from the driver.
>>> This patch implements this hack for first generation cards which are based
>>> on a core that is similar to ath9k. The registers are modified in place and
>>> need to be re-written every time the firmware sets them. To achieve this
>>> the register status is verified after any event from the firmware.
>>> The coverage class may not be modified temporarily right after the card
>>> re-initializes the registers. This is for example the case during scanning.
>>> A warning will be generated if the hack is not supported on the card or
>>> unexpected values are hit. There is no error reporting for userspace
>>> applications though (this is a limitation in the mac80211 driver
>>> interface).
>>>>> Thanks to Sebastian Gottschall <s.gottschall at dd-wrt.com> for initially
>>> working on a userspace support for this. This patch wouldn't have been
>>> possible without this documentation.
>> I would be concerned about the various resets firmware does to work around
>> hardware hangs as well.  I don't think any events are generated for these, unless
>> you count the dbglog messages?
> Yeah, I am aware of the fact that the firmware may do internal resets
> from time to time. The interesting question (and one for which I do not
> know the answer) is whether we get a wmi or other event under all
> conditions where the register may be rewritten due to a reset.
> The current code will re-set the register value after any wmi event
> including debug messages. If this is not enough, then the only solution
> might be to periodically poll the register values instead of relying on
> a received event.

You will get a dbglog event at least most of the time, so maybe that
will be good enough.

Someone with src code and that cared could audit the code I guess, but then
that person could also just implement the feature properly in the firmware
to begin with...


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

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