[PATCH] at91sam9_wdt: Allow watchdog to reset device at early boot

Guenter Roeck linux at roeck-us.net
Thu Nov 27 11:31:36 PST 2014

On 11/27/2014 11:06 AM, Boris Brezillon wrote:
> Hi Guenter,
> On Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:23:30 -0800
> Guenter Roeck <linux at roeck-us.net> wrote:
>> On 11/27/2014 01:22 AM, Nicolas Ferre wrote:
>>> On 27/11/2014 07:53, Timo Kokkonen wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> On 21.11.2014 14:23, Timo Kokkonen wrote:
>>>>> By default the driver will start a kernel timer which keeps on kicking
>>>>> the watchdog HW until user space has opened the watchdog
>>>>> device. Usually this is desirable as the watchdog HW is running by
>>>>> default and the user space may not have any watchdog daemon running at
>>>>> all.
>>>>> However, on production systems it may be mandatory that also early
>>>>> crashes and lockups will lead to a watchdog reset, even if they happen
>>>>> before the user space has opened the watchdog device.
>>>>> To resolve the issue, add a new device tree property
>>>>> "enable-early-reset" which will prevent the kernel timer from pinging
>>>>> the watchdog HW on behalf of user space. The default is still to use
>>>>> kernel timer, but more strict behavior can be enabled via the device
>>>>> tree property.
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Timo Kokkonen <timo.kokkonen at offcode.fi>
>>>> I forgot to put the PATCHv2 on the subject line.. But anyway, any
>>>> thoughts about it? Is there something that should be done to get it forward?
>>> Sorry for not having come back to you quickly.
>>> The only thing that tend to prevent me from taking this patch is the
>>> fact that this DT property is mostly a software, Linux-specific one...
>>> Which is somehow not covered by the DT.
>>> This might explain as well why this property is not present on other SoCs.
>>> Can we have other people's advices?
>> We have been thinking about a more generic (infrastructure based) solution
>> for the problem at hand, but that was a bit more complex and would specify
>> the actual timeout during boot, not just a boolean like suggested here.
> Can't we keep the same timeout (the one specified in the timeout-sec
> property) ?
That doesn't take into account systems where - for whatever reason -
the initial timeout needs to be longer. I do not think it is a good idea
to unnecessarily limit functionality. We may make the additional timeout
optional - in that case timeout-sec could be used as default.

>> As for DT not supposed to be used for configuration, that is really a
>> tricky problem which is hard to solve. I seem to recall, though, that
>> it may be now acceptable under certain conditions. A module parameter
>> might be easier.
> I'm not a big fan of passing these kind information through module
> params, cause it's kind of hard to assign parameters when you have
> multiple device instances (it might not be applicable to watchdog
> devices though).
> Moreover, adding more module parameters will just expand the cmdline
> and make it less and less readable.
Agreed but ...

> Anyway, this is not my call to make :-).

it isn't us who restrict the DT scope (though of course timeout-sec
_is_ configuration, but that was before things got more restrictive).


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