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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/6] kernel: Add support for restart notifier call chain
On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 12:11:33PM -0700, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> Various drivers implement architecture and/or device specific means
> to restart (reset) the system. Various mechanisms have been implemented
> to support those schemes. The best known mechanism is arm_pm_restart,
> which is a function pointer to be set either from platform specific code
> or from drivers. Another mechanism is to use hardware watchdogs to issue
> a reset; this mechanism is used if there is no other method available
> to reset a board or system. Two examples are alim7101_wdt, which currently
> uses the reboot notifier to trigger a reset, and moxart_wdt, which registers
> the arm_pm_restart function.
>
> The existing mechanisms have a number of drawbacks. Typically only one scheme
> to restart the system is supported (at least if arm_pm_restart is used).
> At least in theory there can be mutliple means to restart the system, some of
> which may be less desirable (for example one mechanism may only reset the CPU,
> while another may reset the entire system). Using arm_pm_restart can also be
> racy if the function pointer is set from a driver, as the driver may be in
> the process of being unloaded when arm_pm_restart is called.
> Using the reboot notifier is always racy, as it is unknown if and when
> other functions using the reboot notifier have completed execution
> by the time the watchdog fires.
>
> To solve the problem, introduce a system restart notifier. This notifier
> is expected to be called from the architecture specific machine_restart()
> function. Drivers providing system restart functionality (such as the watchdog
> drivers mentioned above) are expected to register with this notifier.
>
> Patch 1 of this series implements the notifier function. Patches 2 and 3
> implement calling the notifier chain from arm and arm64 restart code.
> Patch 4 and 5 convert existing restart handlers in the watchdog subsystem
> to use the restart notifier. Patch 6 unexports arm_pm_restart to ensure
> that no one gets the idea to implement a restart handler as module.

I think you need to restructure stuff somewhat, because I think
you've missed drivers/power/reset/ entirely, or at least you've
missed drivers/power/reset/restart-poweroff.c which calls
arm_pm_restart directly. I'm not quite sure how we ended up with
that...

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