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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] intel_pstate: add module and kernel command line parameter to ignore ACPI _PPC


On 11/20/2014 10:07 PM, Ethan Zhao wrote:
> Kristen,
> Whatever I would like there is a way to load intel_pstate and give
> it a try even it does not support all the PM features.
> I think 'force' is OK.
> Linda,
> Do you like it ? if the 'intel_pstate=force' would force the driver
> to be loaded on to HP too ?

I'd prefer that it didn't. If you force the intel_pstate driver when
the platform thinks it's doing power management, then the OS and the
firmware are trying to manage the power at the same time. That's a
mess. If you want that for testing or debugging, what are you actually
testing or debugging? On an Oracle box, the firmware wouldn't stop
doing whatever it's doing just because the intel_pstate driver is
loaded, would it?

I also wonder what it means to "force" the intel_pstate driver
on systems with processors that aren't supported by the intel_pstate
driver. It wouldn't really be forced, would it?

-- ljk

>
> Thanks,
> Ethan
>
> On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 5:23 AM, Kristen Carlson Accardi
> <kristen@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:57:34 +0800
>> ethan <ethan.kernel@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> 在 2014年11月20日,03:05,Kristen Carlson Accardi <kristen@linux.intel.com> 写道:
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:37:06 +0900
>>>> Ethan Zhao <ethan.zhao@oracle.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Add kernel command line parameter
>>>>> intel_pstate = ignore_acpi_ppc
>>>>> and module parameter
>>>>> ignore_acpi_ppc = 1
>>>>> to allow driver to ignore the ACPI _PPC existence even for Sun x86 servers.
>>>>> These parameter could be used for debug\test\workaround etc purpose.
>>>>>
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Ethan Zhao <ethan.zhao@oracle.com>
>>>>
>>>> What if we used a more generic parameter like "force" that would bypass
>>>> any vendor specific checks and just load anyway? This way we don't have
>>>> to add new parameters everything some new thing shows up that we want to
>>>> ignore.
>>>>
>>> To be honest, I prefer more generic parameter. But to avoid the possible negative affect
>>> To another vendors. I back to this way.
>>
>> Well, your parameter can still impact other vendors as it is. it
>> is pretty typical to assume that using a parameter like "force" means
>> you know what you are doing and accept the risks. Especially if its
>> documented as such.
>>
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> Ethan
>>>>> ---
>>>>> Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt | 3 +++
>>>>> drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c | 8 +++++++-
>>>>> 2 files changed, 10 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>>>>
>>>>> diff --git a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
>>>>> index 4c81a86..f502b85 100644
>>>>> --- a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
>>>>> +++ b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
>>>>> @@ -1446,6 +1446,9 @@ bytes respectively. Such letter suffixes can also be entirely omitted.
>>>>> disable
>>>>> Do not enable intel_pstate as the default
>>>>> scaling driver for the supported processors
>>>>> + ignore_acpi_ppc
>>>>> + Ignore the existence of ACPI method _PPC for Sun x86 servers
>>>>> + and load the driver.
>>>>>
>>>>> intremap= [X86-64, Intel-IOMMU]
>>>>> on enable Interrupt Remapping (default)
>>>>> diff --git a/drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c b/drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c
>>>>> index 7c5faea..388387b 100644
>>>>> --- a/drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c
>>>>> +++ b/drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c
>>>>> @@ -870,6 +870,7 @@ static struct cpufreq_driver intel_pstate_driver = {
>>>>> };
>>>>>
>>>>> static int __initdata no_load;
>>>>> +static unsigned int ignore_acpi_ppc;
>>>>>
>>>>> static int intel_pstate_msrs_not_valid(void)
>>>>> {
>>>>> @@ -990,7 +991,7 @@ static bool intel_pstate_platform_pwr_mgmt_exists(void)
>>>>> intel_pstate_no_acpi_pss())
>>>>> return true;
>>>>> if (!strncmp(hdr.oem_id, v_info->oem_id, ACPI_OEM_ID_SIZE) &&
>>>>> - intel_pstate_has_acpi_ppc())
>>>>> + intel_pstate_has_acpi_ppc() && !ignore_acpi_ppc)
>>>>> return true;
>>>>> }
>>>>>
>>>>> @@ -1066,11 +1067,16 @@ static int __init intel_pstate_setup(char *str)
>>>>>
>>>>> if (!strcmp(str, "disable"))
>>>>> no_load = 1;
>>>>> + if (!strcmp(str, "ignore_acpi_ppc"))
>>>>> + ignore_acpi_ppc = 1;
>>>>> return 0;
>>>>> }
>>>>> early_param("intel_pstate", intel_pstate_setup);
>>>>> #endif
>>>>>
>>>>> +module_param(ignore_acpi_ppc, uint, 0644);
>>>>> +MODULE_PARM_DESC(ignore_acpi_ppc,
>>>>> + "value 0 or non-zero. non-zero -> ignore ACPI _PPC and load this driver");
>>>>> MODULE_AUTHOR("Dirk Brandewie <dirk.j.brandewie@intel.com>");
>>>>> MODULE_DESCRIPTION("'intel_pstate' - P state driver Intel Core processors");
>>>>> MODULE_LICENSE("GPL");
>>>>
>>
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