[PATCH 0/3] OMAP2+ hwmod fixes
rnayak at ti.com
Tue Feb 22 08:11:36 EST 2011
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Walmsley [mailto:paul at pwsan.com]
> Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 10:25 PM
> To: Cousson, Benoit; Nayak, Rajendra
> Cc: linux-omap at vger.kernel.org; linux-arm-kernel at lists.infradead.org
> Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/3] OMAP2+ hwmod fixes
> Hello Benoît, Rajendra,
> On Fri, 18 Feb 2011, Cousson, Benoit wrote:
> > On 2/16/2011 2:43 PM, Nayak, Rajendra wrote:
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: Cousson, Benoit [mailto:b-cousson at ti.com]
> > > > Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:37 PM
> > > > To: Nayak, Rajendra
> > > > Cc: linux-omap at vger.kernel.org; paul at pwsan.com;
> > > linux-arm-kernel at lists.infradead.org
> > > > Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/3] OMAP2+ hwmod fixes
> > > >
> > > > Hi Rajendra,
> > > >
> > > > On 2/16/2011 1:11 PM, Nayak, Rajendra wrote:
> > > > > This series fixes some hwmod api return values
> > > > > and also adds some state checks.
> > > > > The hwmod iterator functions are made to
> > > > > continue and not break if one of the
> > > > > callback functions ends up with an error.
> > > >
> > > > By doing that, you change the behavior of this function.
> > > > I'm not sure I fully understand why.
> > > > Could you elaborate on the use case?
> > >
> > > Since these functions iterate over all hwmods
> > > calling a common callback function, there might
> > > be cases wherein the callback function for *some*
> > > hwmods might fail. For instance, if you run through
> > > all hwmods and try to clear the context registers
> > > for all of them, for some hwmods which might
> > > not have context registers the callback function
> > > might return a -EINVAL, however that should not
> > > stop you from attempting to clear the context
> > > registers for the rest of the hwmods which have
> > > them and abort the function midway, no?
> > > This is more hypothetical, however the real usecase
> > > that prompted me with this patch was when I
> > > had some wrong state check in _setup function,
> > > and the iterator would stop with the first failure
> > > and not even attempt to setup the rest of the
> > > hwmods.
> > Yeah, but by using that function you implicitly accept that an error
> > break the loop, so the function you pass to the iterator should be
> > that. Meaning if you do not want to exit on error you should not
> > error.
> > > > To avoid that behavior in the past, I was just returning
> > > > 0 in case of failure to avoid stopping the iteration.
> > > > It looks like you do not want to stop the iteration but still
> > > > retrieve the error.
> > > > I do not see in this series what you plan to do with the
> > > > error at the end of the iteration.
> > >
> > > Most users of these iterators would just use the non-zero
> > > return value to throw an error/warning out stating there
> > > were failures running through all the callback functions.
> > > That does not change with this patch, and they can still
> > > do it.
> > Except that now, the iterator is not able anymore to stop on error if
> > potentially.
> > My point is that you are changing the behavior of this function
> > maintaining the legacy.
> > So maybe creating a new iterator is a better approach.
> > Even is this feature is not used today I have some secret plan for
> > behavior in the near future :-)
> > But my initial comment is still valid, if you do not care about the
> > error status after the iteration, you'd better not return any error at
> > beginning.
> > This was the behavior or the _setup until now.
> The original behavior of the iterator was intentional: loops over
> functions like _init_clocks() and _setup() should terminate upon
> encountering an error. This is because the rest of that code currently
> relies on the hwmod/clock data to be accurate in order to work. There
> no provision in the code for a hwmod to fail initialization due to data
> errors. The idea was that if the data is inaccurate, the data should be
> fixed first before doing anything else.
The original behavior of the iterators, to terminate upon
encountering an error, seems fine to me. The only problem
I faced was that they fail silently and go undetected, unless
their user catches the return value and WARN's, which I found
was not the case with most users, mainly those of
I was thinking of keeping the behaviour of these iterators
same for now and add WARN's in these iterators itself upon
an error, so its seen even if the user fails to catch it.
> That said, I suppose that it's possible to enhance the code such that
> hwmods could be allowed to fail initialization, and simply brick
> themselves, rather than prevent the rest of the hwmods from
> Probably that would need a new _HWMOD_STATE_INIT_FAILED, or something
> similar. If a hwmod would end up in that state, it must not be used by
> any other code, and the code should complain loudly.
> The broader issue of whether the iterators should return immediately
> failure (as the current code does), or continue through the rest of the
> list, is a separate one. I'd suggest one of two approaches:
> 1. If the rest of the code can be changed to gracefully handle cases
> hwmod initialization fails, and if Benoît agrees, I don't have a problem
> with changing the iterator behavior to ignore failures as you describe.
> Of course, all of the current users of omap_hwmod_for_each*() would need
> to be checked to ensure that this behavior makes sense for them.
> ... or ...
> 2. The iterators could take an extra parameter that would control the
> behavior upon encountering an error: terminate, or continue. But I am
> sure that both cases are needed. Ideas, feedback here are welcome.
> - Paul
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