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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ARM: tegra: cpuidle: implement cpuidle_state.enter_freeze()
On 17 April 2015 at 16:08, Lorenzo Pieralisi <lorenzo.pieralisi@arm.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 03:37:19PM +0100, Tomeu Vizoso wrote:
>
> [...]
>
>> >> I don't know what FIQs are. :-)
>> >
>> > In short, fast IRQs, it is a separate IRQ line handled as a separate
>> > exception source with some private (banked) registers that minimize registers
>> > saving/restoring. They are not identical to NMI on x86, since
>> > their behaviour (handling) may be overriden by platforms and they
>> > can be masked.
>> >
>> >> ->enter_freeze is entered with interrupts disabled on the local CPU. It is
>> >> not supposed to re-enable them. That is, while in the ->enter_freeze callback
>> >> routine, the CPU must not be interrupted aby anything other than NMI.
>> >
>> > It boils down to what FIQs handlers are allowed to do with tick frozen
>> > and what they are (may be) currently used for.
>> >
>> > Russell has more insights on this than I do, in particular what FIQs are
>> > currently used for on ARM and if we can leave them enabled safely with tick
>> > frozen.
>>
>> But even if it's currently safe to leave them enabled, is there any
>> reason for not disabling them?
>
> Ok, the point here is: either it is safe, and you leave them enabled,
> or it is not and we must disable them *before* enter_freeze() is entered.
>
> Disabling them in the platform enter_freeze() hook does not make sense,
> because this means we run with FIQs enabled with tick frozen, either
> it is safe or it is not, it can't be both.

Sure, that's why I proposed doing it in arch_cpu_idle_enter/exit.

> I would ask Russell opinion on this, before making any decision.

Sure, that would be very welcome.

Regards,

Tomeu

> Lorenzo
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