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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2.6.38-rc7] Revert "libata: ahci_start_engine compliant to AHCI spec"
Hello,

On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 10:02:56AM -0700, Jian Peng wrote:
> Hi, Tejun/Valdis,
>
> Since this is an interoperability issue of SATA host controller, the first
> step I want to try it to make sure the tweak that MAKE my controller WORK
> does not break other controllers.
> You are both right that adding this majic 5ms delay at this place should not
> be the final solution.
>
> If this magic 5ms delay works on other affected systems, I plan to post a
> new patch that inside ahci_start_engine(), still perform same check, and
> show warning message if failed, but will set a flag, then still set START
> bit, and if there is such failure flag, add 5ms delay.

Yeah, sounds like a plan but please add ample comment explaining
what's going on for which controller including link to the mailing
list threads. As we're basically adding a black magic, I would still
like to enable it only for the affected controllers so that we don't
have to worry whether there are controllers which are affected by this
problem but we don't know about.

> --- a/drivers/ata/libahci.c 2011-05-18 14:23:36.564665643 -0700
> +++ c/drivers/ata/libahci.c 2011-05-20 09:48:06.194663506 -0700
> @@ -540,6 +540,7 @@
> void __iomem *port_mmio = ahci_port_base(ap);
> u32 tmp;
> u8 status;
> + int err = 0;

I think

bool stat_failed = false;

would be more in line with recent coding style.

> status = readl(port_mmio + PORT_TFDATA) & 0xFF;
>
> @@ -553,12 +554,12 @@
> * specific controller will fail under this condition
> */
> if (status & (ATA_BUSY | ATA_DRQ))
> - return;
> + err = 1;
> else {
> ahci_scr_read(&ap->link, SCR_STATUS, &tmp);
>
> if ((tmp & 0xf) != 0x3)
> - return;
> + err = 1;
> }
>
> /* start DMA */
> @@ -566,6 +567,13 @@
> tmp |= PORT_CMD_START;
> writel(tmp, port_mmio + PORT_CMD);
> readl(port_mmio + PORT_CMD); /* flush */
> +
> + /* Some controllers need longer time to be ready */
> + if(err) {
> + printk(KERN_WARNING
> + "Controller in wrong state when setting START bit\n");
> + msleep(5);

ata_port_printk()?

Thanks.

--
tejun


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