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SubjectRe: [v2,1/3] can: m_can: Make hclk optional
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On 09/21/2017 09:08 AM, Sekhar Nori wrote:
> On Thursday 21 September 2017 06:01 AM, Franklin S Cooper Jr wrote:
>>
>>
>> On 08/24/2017 03:00 AM, Sekhar Nori wrote:
>>> + some OMAP folks and Linux OMAP list
>>>
>>> On Tuesday 25 July 2017 04:21 AM, Franklin Cooper wrote:
>>>> Hclk is the MCAN's interface clock. However, for OMAP based devices such as
>>>> DRA7 SoC family the interface clock is handled by hwmod. Therefore, this
>>>> interface clock is managed by hwmod driver via pm_runtime_get and
>>>> pm_runtime_put calls. Therefore, this interface clock isn't defined in DT
>>>> and thus the driver shouldn't fail if this clock isn't found.
>>>
>>> I agree that hclk is defined as interface clock for M_CAN IP on DRA76x.
>>>
>>> However, there may be a need for the driver to know the value of hclk to
>>> properly configure the RAM watchdog register which has a counter
>>> counting down using hclk. Looks like the driver does not use the RAM
>>> watchdog today. But if there is a need to configure it in future, it
>>> might be a problem.
>>
>> Honestly the RAM watchdog seems like a fundamental design problem.
>> This RAM watchdog seems to be used in case a request to access the
>> message ram is made but it hangs for what ever reason. Its even more
>> complicated since the Message RAM is external to the MCAN IP so its
>> implementation or how its handled probably differs from device to
>> device. From example say you do have this error it isn't clear how you
>> would recover from it. A logically answer would be to reset the entire
>> IP but that also assumes that Message RAM will be reset along with the
>> ip which likely depends on each SoC.
>>
>> But if a readl/writel command hangs will the kernel eventually throw an
>> error on its on or will the driver just hang? If it does hang can a
>> driver in the ISR do something to properly terminate the driver or even
>> recover from it?
>>>
>>> Is there a restriction in OMAP architecture against passing the
>>> interface clock also in the 'clocks' property in DT. I have not tried it
>>> myself, but wonder if you hit an issue that led to this patch.
>>
>> No but not passing the interface clock is typical.
>
> Okay, then it sounds like it will just be easier to pass the hclk too?
>
> So it can be used if needed in future and also so that the driver can
> stay the same as today.

That is fine. For now I can just drop this patch unless I discover when
enabling it on DRA76x I am unable to add the interface clock to dt.
>
> Thanks,
> Sekhar
>

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