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SubjectRE: Fwd: [PATCH] Add driver to force WMI Thunderbolt controller power status
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bernat, Yehezkel [mailto:yehezkel.bernat@intel.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 2:41 PM
> To: Limonciello, Mario <Mario_Limonciello@Dell.com>
> Cc: mika.westerberg@linux.intel.com; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; platform-
> driver-x86@vger.ke; dvhart@infradead.org; hughsient@gmail.com
> Subject: Re: Fwd: [PATCH] Add driver to force WMI Thunderbolt controller power
> status
>
>
> > Current implementations of Intel Thunderbolt controllers will go
> > into a low power mode when not in use.
> >
> > Many machines containing these controllers also have a GPIO wired up
> > that can force the controller awake.  This is offered via a ACPI-WMI
> > interface intended to be manipulated by a userspace utility.
>
>
> > This mechanism is provided by Intel to OEMs to include in BIOS.
> > It uses an industry wide GUID that is populated in a separate _WDG
> > entry with no binary MOF.
> >
> > This interface allow software such as fwupd to wake up thunderbolt
> > controllers to query the firmware version or flash new firmware.
>
> As this is a Thunderbolt specific function, maybe it's better to be
> exposed from the Thunderbolt driver?
>

I thought about this too, but the thunderbolt driver won't load if the
controller doesn't exist in the first place, whereas this is a platform
BIOS feature. I'll be interested to hear if Mika has a different perspective
on if this should live in the TBT driver and the proper way to do it.

>
> > +
> > +static DEVICE_ATTR_WO(force_power);
> > +
>
> I'm not sure what is the convention for permissions for this type of
> attributes but I feel like this worth being root-only writable, as it
> can be used to power-off the controller in the middle of a FW update,
> for example.

Yeah I think you're right. I'll adjust it in a follow up patch if this is the
correct way to go afterall.

Thanks,
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