[RFC PATCH 1/3] watchdog: Add Meson GXBB Watchdog Driver

Neil Armstrong narmstrong at baylibre.com
Fri May 27 08:24:55 PDT 2016

On 05/27/2016 03:48 PM, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> On 05/27/2016 01:25 AM, Neil Armstrong wrote:
> [ ... ]
>>>> +    data->wdt_dev.max_hw_heartbeat_ms = GXBB_WDT_TCNT_SETUP_MASK;
>>>> +    data->wdt_dev.min_hw_heartbeat_ms = 1;
>>> Does the device require a minimum time between heartbeats ?
>>> Just asking, because you violate it yourself below.
>>> If you want to set the minimum timeout, that would be min_timeout.
>> Ok, these values are not very clear actually.
> Hmmm .. yes, reading the description again, it doesn't really describe well
> what it is doing. Essentially, min_hw_heartbeat_ms is enforced by the watchdog
> core, and should be used if a watchdog hardware can not tolerate short intervals
> between heartbeats. min_timeout is the minimum timeout value configurable from
> user space.
OK, I'll switch to min_timeout = 1.


[ ... ]

>>> This is unusual. If the watchdog can be already running, it might make sense
>>> to tell the core about it (set WDOG_HW_RUNNING in the status field), so it
>>> can send heartbeats until user space opens the device.
>> Yes, since meson_gxbb_wdt_set_timeout() already ping, this is useless.
> Not only that - if the watchdog _is_ already running at boot time, you should
> really set WDOG_HW_RUNNING to let the watchdog core know. You status function
> would come handy there.
>     if (meson_gxbb_wdt_status(data))    // note the changed parameter
>         set_bit(WDOG_HW_RUNNING, &data->wdt_dev.status);
Yes, it can be handy.

I will push this feature in a next version, I'll stick to a simpler behavior and check
if it would be running before the kernel starts.


> Thanks,
> Guenter

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