[PATCH] ath10k: search all IEs for variant before falling back

Kalle Valo kvalo at codeaurora.org
Fri Apr 13 07:41:45 PDT 2018

Kalle Valo <kvalo at codeaurora.org> writes:

> Thomas Hebb <tommyhebb at gmail.com> writes:
>> commit f2593cb1b291 ("ath10k: Search SMBIOS for OEM board file
>> extension") added a feature to ath10k that allows Board Data File
>> (BDF) conflicts between multiple devices that use the same device IDs
>> but have different calibration requirements to be resolved by allowing
>> a "variant" string to be stored in SMBIOS [and later device tree, added
>> by commit d06f26c5c8a4 ("ath10k: search DT for qcom,ath10k-calibration-
>> variant")] that gets appended to the ID stored in board-2.bin.
>> This original patch had a regression, however. Namely that devices with
>> a variant present in SMBIOS that didn't need custom BDFs could no longer
>> find the default BDF, which has no variant appended. The patch was
>> reverted and re-applied with a fix for this issue in commit 1657b8f84ed9
>> ("search SMBIOS for OEM board file extension").
>> But the fix to fall back to a default BDF introduced another issue: the
>> driver currently parses IEs in board-2.bin one by one, and for each one
>> it first checks to see if it matches the ID with the variant appended.
>> If it doesn't, it checks to see if it matches the "fallback" ID with no
>> variant. If a matching BDF is found at any point during this search, the
>> search is terminated and that BDF is used. The issue is that it's very
>> possible (and is currently the case for board-2.bin files present in the
>> ath10k-firmware repository) for the default BDF to occur in an earlier
>> IE than the variant-specific BDF. In this case, the current code will
>> happily choose the default BDF even though a better-matching BDF is
>> present later in the file.
>> This patch fixes the issue by first searching the entire file for the ID
>> with variant, and searching for the fallback ID only if that search
>> fails. It also includes some code cleanup in the area, as
>> ath10k_core_fetch_board_data_api_n() no longer does its own string
>> mangling to remove the variant from an ID, instead leaving that job to a
>> new flag passed to ath10k_core_create_board_name().
>> I've tested this patch on a QCA4019 and verified that the driver behaves
>> correctly for 1) both fallback and variant BDFs present, 2) only fallback
>> BDF present, and 3) no matching BDFs present.
>> Fixes: 1657b8f84ed9 ("ath10k: search SMBIOS for OEM board file extension")
>> Signed-off-by: Thomas Hebb <tommyhebb at gmail.com>
> BTW, you forgot to CC linux-wireless so I don't see this in patchwork.
> https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/ath10k/submittingpatches

I submitted v2 so that I see it in patchwork:


Kalle Valo

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