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SubjectRE: [tip:core/locking] watchdog, hpwdt: Remove priority option for NMI callback

Don is correct. We did have a separate discussion about this after I denied the original patch. It is all good now.

And thanks for cutting in the port 0x72 patch.


-----Original Message-----
From: Don Zickus []
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 7:27 AM
To: Wim Van Sebroeck
Cc:;;;;; Mingarelli, Thomas;;;
Subject: Re: [tip:core/locking] watchdog, hpwdt: Remove priority option for NMI callback

On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 09:13:39AM +0200, Wim Van Sebroeck wrote:
> >
> > Therefore hpwdt's priority mechanism doesn't make sense any
> > more. They will be always first on the NMI_UNKNOWN queue, if
> > they register.
> >
> > Removing this parameter cleans up the code and simplifies things
> > for the next patch which changes how nmis are registered.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Don Zickus <>
> > Cc: Thomas Mingarelli <>
> > Cc: Wim Van Sebroeck <>
> > Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
> > Cc: Linus Torvalds <>
> > Cc: Andrew Morton <>
> > Link:
> > Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
> This is the feedback I have from Tom which he discussed with Don:
> > I don't like this patch because the Virtual NMI button doesn't come through the pretimeout routine. It is taken by the
> system as an IOCK NMI error and no log messages in our IML.
> > Our BIOS is not able to source the NMI.
> And since then it became quiet. Imho: this needs more discussion...

Tom and I discussed this offline. The result was patch 2 of this series.
The problem he had, had nothing to do with this patch (which was just a
cleanup really). Tom tested the second patch and was happy with the

If there is any other issues, I am assuming Tom would have let me know a
while ago. But I believe all his issues are addressed. Tom?

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