[PATCH v7 3/8] drivers: cpuidle: implement DT based idle states infrastructure

Nicolas Pitre nicolas.pitre at linaro.org
Wed Aug 13 09:31:11 PDT 2014

On Wed, 13 Aug 2014, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:

> On most common ARM systems, the low-power states a CPU can be put into are
> not discoverable in HW and require device tree bindings to describe
> power down suspend operations and idle states parameters.
> In order to enable DT based idle states and configure idle drivers, this
> patch implements the bulk infrastructure required to parse the device tree
> idle states bindings and initialize the corresponding CPUidle driver states
> data.
> The parsing API accepts a start index that defines the first idle state
> that should be initialized by the parsing code in order to give new and
> legacy driver flexibility over which states should be parsed using the
> new DT mechanism.
> The idle states list is obtained from the first cpu in the driver
> cpumask, which implicitly means the parsing code expects idle states
> (and related list of phandles) to be the same for all CPUs in the
> CPUidle driver mask. The kernel does not check this assumption, it must
> be enforced by the bootloader to ensure correct system behaviour.

Can we make the kernel a little less reliant on bootloader to ensure 
correct system behaviour please?  If assumptions are assumed by the 
kernel, it should at least print a warning and simply ignore the 
information when such assumption are not respected.

> +	/*
> +	 * We get the idle states for the first logical cpu in the
> +	 * driver mask. The kernel does not check idle states on all
> +	 * cpus in the driver mask, they are assumed to be the same
> +	 * by default.
> +	 */

What if they're not?


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