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SubjectRe: [PATCH] battery: Fix charge_now returned by broken batteries
Miguel Ojeda пишет:
> On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:38 AM, Alexey Starikovskiy
> <> wrote:
>> Miguel Ojeda пишет:
>>> On Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 11:36 PM, Alexey Starikovskiy
>>> <> wrote:
>>>> Hi Rafael,
>>>> This is not my rule, it was/is the rule of power device class. If you do
>>>> not
>>>> agree to it, please change
>>>> appropriate documentation.
>>> Oh, I did not know that. Thank you for pointing it out. I think you
>>> are refering to:
>>> 158Q: Suppose, my battery monitoring chip/firmware does not provides
>>> capacity
>>> 159 in percents, but provides charge_{now,full,empty}. Should I
>>> calculate
>>> 160 percentage capacity manually, inside the driver, and register
>>> 161 attribute? The same question about time_to_empty/time_to_full.
>>> 162A: Most likely, no. This class is designed to export properties which
>>> are
>>> 163 directly measurable by the specific hardware available.
>>> 164
>>> 165 Inferring not available properties using some heuristics or
>>> mathematical
>>> 166 model is not subject of work for a battery driver. Such
>>> functionality
>>> 167 should be factored out, and in fact, apm_power, the driver to serve
>>> 168 legacy APM API on top of power supply class, uses a simple
>>> heuristic of
>>> 169 approximating remaining battery capacity based on its charge,
>>> current,
>>> 170 voltage and so on. But full-fledged battery model is likely not
>>> subject
>>> 171 for kernel at all, as it would require floating point calculation
>>> to deal
>>> 172 with things like differential equations and Kalman filters. This is
>>> 173 better be handled by batteryd/libbattery, yet to be written.
>>> We are not calculating anything new just by the pleasure of doing it,
>>> we are correcting a wrong value provided by the hardware.
>> You are guessing that normal battery can not jump charge value, and on this
>> assumption you
>> cap charge_now with last full_charge. Immediate problem is that full_charge
>> is not fixed value,
>> this is why it is separated from design_full_charge.
>> During battery life full_charge may go down and up, depending on outside
>> temperature, battery discharge (full or partial).
>> I've seen batteries on some new machines reporting full charge of more than
>> design charge.
>> Obviously, your patch will fail in some of the above situations.
> I don't see why. The patch compares against full_charge every time
> (which is updated as you say), not against design_full_charge.
> 1. full_charge > design_full_charge => OK, design_full_charge is not
> involved in the min() operation.
> 2. full_charge goes down => If charge_now > full_charge then hardware
> is wrong and we should read full_charge. OK.
> 3. full_charge goes up => Same.
full_charge_capacity is the value of last full charge. It will be updated to
current full charge, when the charging is complete. It may end up lower or greater than
previous value.
Comparing current charge with the last full charge may correctly give you >100%.
Now we have a decision to make -- do we update full charge to be greater than charge now,
or do we update charge now to be lower than full charge.
> So, maybe the battery works as you suggested; still, the kernel should
> provide a common meaning to its interfaces. If some batteries report
> full_charge when in "charged" state and others report
> design_full_charge, then the kernel should convert all of them into
> one unique convention, or there is no sane way to write userspace
> applications.

I still want to receive raw data from driver, and have 1 level of interpreters.
As I understand, there is HAL, which may do interpretations for you and keep it in single location.
>> Regards,
>> Alex.

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