[PATCH RFC] Watchdog: sbsa_gwdt: Enhance timeout range

Pratyush Anand panand at redhat.com
Tue May 3 06:24:39 PDT 2016

On 03/05/2016:07:12:04 AM, Timur Tabi wrote:
> Pratyush Anand wrote:
> >+ * Note: This watchdog timer has two stages. If action is 0, first stage is
> >+ * determined by directly programming WCV and second by WOR. When first
> >+ * timeout is reached, WS0 is triggered and WCV is reloaded with value in
> >+ * WOR. WS0 interrupt will be ignored, then the second watch period starts;
> >+ * when second timeout is reached, then WS1 is triggered, system resets. WCV
> >+ * and WOR are programmed in such a way that total time corresponding to
> >+ * WCV+WOR becomes equivalent to user programmed "timeout".
> >+ * If action is 1, then we expect to call panic() at user programmed
> >+ * "timeout". Therefore, we program both first and second stage using WCV
> >+ * only.
> So I'm not sure I understand how this works yet, but there was an earlier
> version of Fu's driver that did something similar.  It depended on being
> able to reprogram the hardware during the WS0 interrupt, and that was
> rejected by the community.
> How is what you are doing different?

* Following was the comment for Fu Wei's primitive version of patch [1], because
* of which community rejected it.

> The triggering of the hardware reset should never depend on an interrupt being
> handled properly.  You should always program WCV correctly in advance.

Now, there are couple of things different:

(1) There is an important difference in upstreamed version than the version [1]
which was rejected on above ground. In upstreamed version,  there would be no
interrupt handler when we are in normal mode ie action=0.  So, there is no
possibility of doing any thing in ISR for all normal usage of this timer. In
this mode WCV is always programmed well in advance now.

(2)action=1 mechanism was introduced to implement a dump saving mechanism if
watchdog timeout expires before next kick. So, the current upstream version
calls panic() in ISR. When action=1, then we do write WCV now in ISR, but there
too some precaution have been taken. 

When action=1, and we land into isr handler sbsa_gwdt_interrupt() we can not
trust watchdog data structure any more. That might have been corrupted.
(i) So it might happen that gwdt or wdd pointers have a corrupted value and as
soon as we access gwdt->wdd or wdd->timeout, kernel panics. *No harm*, just
panic() is called a bit early, which dump saving mechanism would be able to
find. So, in fact it will give an extra information to dump saving mechanism
that watchdog structure was corrupted as well.
(ii) Another case, It might happen that wdd->timeout has been corrupted with
large values. This patch does a protection while programming WCV in ISR. It
checks wdd->timeout against MAX_TIMEOUT value and reprograms WCV only when
wdd->timeout is lesser than MAX_TIMEOUT. So, here too, there would be watchdog
reset for sure if dump saving mechanism hangs.


[1] https://lists.linaro.org/pipermail/linaro-acpi/2015-June/004956.html

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