[PATCH 2/5] clocksource: rockchip: remove unnecessary clear irq before request_irq

Doug Anderson dianders at chromium.org
Tue May 31 19:36:55 PDT 2016


On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Huang, Tao <huangtao at rock-chips.com> wrote:
>> Actually, I'm not even sure that's true in a perfect world.  ;)  There
>> are two main problems that might be lurking here:
>> 1. On exynos5 devices I've worked with, the private timer (MCT)
>> actually shared the same physical counter with the ARM Architected
>> Timer.  IIRC stopping or resetting the MCT had the effect of stopping
>> / resetting the Arch Timer.  Is it the same for you?  As I understand
>> it the Arch Timer isn't supposed to ever be stopped or reset.  If
>> firmware left the timer stopped and the kernel happened to be compiled
>> without support for the Rockchip timer (but had the Arch Timers) then
>> things would be very broken.  Also the early kernel boot might be
>> broken if the Arch Timer inits before the Rockchip timer.
>> NOTE: If your timer and the Arch Timer are totally separate then point
>> #1 is not important.
> We never use the timer which provide clock source of arch timer as
> clockevent timer. If we do such stupid thing, when rk timer disabled,
> the arch timer will stop too. Generally, we use this special timer as
> clocksouce or never touch it again when it is running.

Ah, OK.  :)  I didn't go through and review / test the code.  I just
wanted to make sure we weren't going to run into the same bug I
remember running into before.  ;)

>> 2. Historically in Chrome OS there's been an unofficial agreement that
>> the firmware would start its high speed timer as soon as possible at
>> bootup and that this could be used to (roughly) measure the time
>> between the start of firmware and the start of the kernel.  That means
>> that the kernel was expecting the timer to actually be running when it
>> started up.  Yup, this is a bit of a hack and I'm not sure it's
>> terribly well documented, but it does provide a reason that firmware
>> might have left the timer running.
> Why you chose the timer shared with Linux kernel, there are so many
> timer? I think loader should do the right thing, uninit the resources
> when it boot the kernel. I believe this code is lagacy from very old
> chip such as rk2908 which is Cortex-A8. There are not arch timer, so the
> loader may keep the timer running when enter kernel. Any way, if we
> adopt the code suggested by Daniel, it is safe to keep the code.

If this is a separate / distinct timer than the main clocksource
timer, then you can ignore my comments.  ;)

...but obviously the comments from Daniel are much more important to
address and it sounds like you're all set for doing that.  :)


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