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SubjectRe: [PATCH] power: reset: Add MAX77620 support
On Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 12:00:36AM +0100, Sebastian Reichel wrote:
> Hi Thierry,
>
> > > > [...]
> > >
> > > Please use register_restart_handler() instead. It has support for
> > > priorities, is not arm specific and properly supports unregistering
> > > (some handler with lower priority will take over). You can check
> > > gpio-restart as an example for the API.
> > >
> > > If you have some other arm_pm_restart handler (those are tried first)
> > > I suggest to convert that to the restart handler framework. Actually
> > > it may be a good idea to convert all of them and drop arm_pm_restart,
> > > since there are only 4 left:
> > >
> > > $ git grep "arm_pm_restart ="
> > > drivers/firmware/psci.c: arm_pm_restart = psci_sys_reset;
> > > arch/arm/mach-prima2/rstc.c: arm_pm_restart = sirfsoc_restart;
> > > arch/arm/xen/enlighten.c: arm_pm_restart = xen_restart;
> > > arch/arm/kernel/setup.c: arm_pm_restart = mdesc->restart;
> > >
> > > The first 3 should be easy to update and the last one could
> > > be solved by registering a wrapper function as restart handler,
> > > which calls mdesc->restart().
> >
> > I remember this not being the first time that this confuses me. And from
> > looking around a little it seems like I'm not the only one.
> >
> > Do you know if there's ever been any attempts to formalize all of this
> > by adding some sort of framework for this? That way some of the
> > confusion may be removed and architecture-specific bits could be
> > eliminated more easily.
>
> We have a framework for restart handlers, which has been written
> by Guenter Roeck [0] in 2014. You just have to call register_restart_handler()
> during probe and unregister_restart_handler() during removal of
> your reboot driver. All reboot drivers in drivers/power/reset use
> that framework.
>
> The restart handlers are invoked by calling do_kernel_restart()
> based on their configured priority. That function is called by
> the architecture's machine_restart() function. It's currently
> used by mips, ppc, arm & arm64 as far as I can see. ARM's
> implementation looks like this:
>
> if (arm_pm_restart)
> arm_pm_restart()
> else
> do_kernel_restart() /* reboot handler framework */
>
I actually have a set of patches somewhere which transforms the remaining
direct users of arm_pm_restart to use the framework (unless I removed it
from my trees - I don't really recall). I just never got around to submit
it, and then [2] happened and I lost interest.

> No such thing exists for poweroff. Guenter also wrote something for
> that [1], but Linus intervened [2]. Anyways, pm_power_off is at
> least architecture independent.
>
That was by far the most frustrating kernel development experience
I ever head :-(.

Guenter

> [0] https://lwn.net/Articles/605298/
> [1] https://lwn.net/Articles/617345/
> [2] http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/linux-arm-kernel/2015-June/351369.html
>
> -- Sebastian


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