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SubjectRe: [PATCH -v7 0/11] Shutdown from reboot_cpuid without stopping other cpus.
On Thu, May 02, 2013 at 12:13:47AM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Wed, May 01, 2013 at 12:06:40PM -0500, Robin Holt wrote:
> > Andrew, Please do _NOT_ take this patch series yet. I am sending this
> > to you because you had comments on my -v6 submission.
>
> Another reason for not applying this is that I believe it wilfully breaks
> a bunch of ARM platforms - such as removing the 'g' reboot mode (for gpio
> based reboot on PXA), and removing the 's' reboot mode off a bunch of ARM
> platforms which have no way to do a hard reboot.
>
> What scares me is that this is revision 7 of this patch set and this is
> the first it's been noticed on ARM... Maybe this patch set didn't touch
> ARM previously?

It started with a simple add a CONFIG_ value which eliminated the
calls to offline all cpus. That expanded to the migrate to cpu 0.
Then the suggestion was to make a kernel parameter for selecting which
cpu to migrate to. That led to discovering x86's reboot=s## parameter.
That led to move that to generic code, which led to resolving the conflict
between arm, unicore32, and x86 and therefore, this patch series.

If I had my preference, I would go back to -v2, polish it a bit,
and resubmit. It just put the migrate_to_boot_cpu in kernel/sys.c,
put the calls in place, and continued with shutdown.

Second choice would be -v4 which added a reboot_cpu (actually, then it
was reboot_cpuid, but I would make it reboot_cpu) core_param, fixed the
x86 reboot=s## handling to handle more than the first 100 cpus and also
the documented smp## syntax. I would not twiddle with unicore32 or arm.

Bottom line, the first 5 patches in this series are what I really care
about. They get me the ability to shut my machine down in under 15
minutes. The rest is just stuff I am doing to gain acceptance for those.

Robin


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