[PATCH] cpuidle: mvebu: Fix the CPU PM notifier usage

Gregory CLEMENT gregory.clement at free-electrons.com
Tue Mar 3 04:51:40 PST 2015

Hi Fulvio,

On 03/03/2015 11:52, Fulvio wrote:
> Gregory CLEMENT wrote:
>> Hi Rafael,
>> On 03/03/2015 11:30, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>>> On 02/27/2015 10:39 AM, Gregory CLEMENT wrote:
>>>> Hi Rafael,
>>>> On 26/02/2015 22:55, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
>>>>> On Thursday, February 26, 2015 06:20:48 PM Gregory CLEMENT wrote:
>>>>>> As stated in kernel/cpu_pm.c, "Platform is responsible for ensuring
>>>>>> that cpu_pm_enter is not called twice on the same CPU before
>>>>>> cpu_pm_exit is called.". In the current code in case of failure when
>>>>>> calling mvebu_v7_cpu_suspend, the function cpu_pm_exit() is never
>>>>>> called whereas cpu_pm_enter() was called just before.
>>>>>> This patch moves the cpu_pm_exit() in order to balance the
>>>>>> cpu_pm_enter() calls.
>>>>>> Reported-by: Fulvio Benini <fbf at libero.it>
>>>>>> Signed-off-by: Gregory CLEMENT <gregory.clement at free-electrons.com>
>>>>> Should that go to "stable" too?  Which "stable" series it should go to if so?
>>>> Yes as it fixes a potential issue, you're right it should go
>>>> to "stable". The bug was here since the introduction of the driver
>>>> in 3.16.
>>> Hi Gregory,
>>> actually the 'stable' rules state clearly:
>>> "- It must fix a real bug that bothers people (not a, "This could be a 
>>> problem..." type thing)."
>>> You say "it fixes a potential issue", so no bug has been raise yet, right ?
>> Indeed nobody claimed yet having a bug related to this issue.
>> Gregory
> I reported the issue, but i cannot say if it's a real bug.
> I had random kernel panics with a Netgear ReadyNAS RN102 (armada 370 cpu):
> http://www.readynas.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=78697&sid=14747617286d55ac27296cdee7a3f420&start=210#p452214

I didn't know you experimented random kernel panics and that you thought
it was related to the CPU Idle driver.

> All i can say is that the system use the "armadaxp_idle" driver and 
> works fine when running "stress --cpu 8" in background.
> I asked Netgear to provide a firmware without the idle driver to confirm 
> if it's the cause of the problem, but they did not answered.

I think that if you disable all the state using by doing an

echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpuidle/stateNUM/disable

where NUM is the nuymbert of the state. Then it should disable the
cpuidle on the fly.

Daniel, is it correct?

Or if you can modify your bootargs, then just add cpuidle.off=1 to the kernel
command line.



> Bye,
> Fulvio

Gregory Clement, Free Electrons
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