[PATCH v7 1/5] ARM: add basic support for Trusted Foundations

Kevin Hilman khilman at linaro.org
Thu Oct 10 17:14:41 EDT 2013

Alexandre Courbot <gnurou at gmail.com> writes:

> On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM, Olof Johansson <olof at lixom.net> wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM, Alexandre Courbot <acourbot at nvidia.com> wrote:


>>> +static inline void register_trusted_foundations(
>>> +                                  struct trusted_foundations_platform_data *pd)
>>> +{
>>> +       /* If we try to register TF, this means the system needs it to continue.
>>> +        * Its absence if thus a fatal error. */
>>> +       panic("No support for Trusted Foundations, stopping...\n");
>>> +}
>>> +
>>> +static inline void of_register_trusted_foundations(void)
>>> +{
>>> +       /* If we find the target should enable TF but does not support it,
>>> +        * fail as the system won't be able to do much anyway */
>>> +       if (of_find_compatible_node(NULL, NULL, "tl,trusted-foundations"))
>>> +               register_trusted_foundations(NULL);
>>> +}
>> The latter function can just be shortcut unto a local panic too.
>> But do we really need to panic here? It's a PITA to debug since it'll
>> be a very early panic. I'd rather have the system log errors in dmesg
>> but continue booting with one cpu.
> Actually the first version of this series continued on one CPU if TF
> support was missing (as secondary CPUs would simply fail to boot), but
> IIRC Stephen advocated for the current behavior (panic) instead. I
> agree such an early panic is hard to debug, especially considering
> that most devices using TF (Tegra retail devices) do not even feature
> a serial port.
> On the other hand, if we continue booting in these conditions the
> system freezes as soon as cpuidle kicks in, so we won't be going very
> far anyway. However the console is up when it happens.

cpu_idle_poll_ctrl(true) should solve that problem.


> Maybe if there is a way to disable the kernel features TF is supposed
> to manage (SMP & cpuidle at the moment) when registration fails, the
> system could continue more gracefully (even if on one leg) and warn
> the user about this condition. Stephen, can I have your thoughts on
> this?

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