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SubjectRe: [PATCH] char: nvram: disable on ARM
On 07/02/2018 at 15:00:04 +0100, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 1:48 PM, Alexandre Belloni
> <alexandre.belloni@bootlin.com> wrote:
> > On 07/02/2018 at 11:33:55 +0100, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> >> On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 2:55 AM, Alexandre Belloni
>
> >> >> $ cat /proc/driver/nvram
> >> >> Checksum status: valid
> >> >> # floppies : 0
> >> >> Floppy 0 type : none
> >> >> Floppy 1 type : none
> >> >> HD 0 type : none
> >> >> HD 1 type : none
> >> >> HD type 48 data: 0/0/0 C/H/S, precomp 0, lz 0
> >> >> HD type 49 data: 156/0/0 C/H/S, precomp 0, lz 0
> >> >> DOS base memory: 635 kB
> >> >> Extended memory: 65535 kB (configured), 65535 kB (tested)
> >> >> Gfx adapter : EGA, VGA, ... (with BIOS)
> >> >> FPU : not installed
> >> >>
> >> >
> >> > I really don't think anyone is using that but I don't really know much
> >> > about x86 and the specification this may be part of.
> >> >
> >> > I see the info may be used in drivers/video/fbdev/ and
> >> > drivers/platform/x86/thinkpad_acpi.c
> >>
> >> The thinkpad_acpi driver seems to look at some other bytes
> >> in the nvram, which have a platform specific meaning.
> >>
> >
> > Yeah, I was more concerned that they need drivers/char/nvram.c for
> > nvram_read_byte so we can't simply remove the driver.
>
> Ok, so the procfs interface may be obsolete, but we still need an
> interface into the CMOS NVRAM data.
>

Actually, I just found
https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/331419/is-dev-nvram-dangerous-to-write-to

So it seems to have real values for some people (even if they are
wrong).

That also points to https://sourceforge.net/projects/nvram-wakeup/ but I
don't think it is necessary. The RTC driver should be able to wakeup an
x86 platform.

All the other uses of /dev/nvram I could find with a simple google
search (i.e. saving and restoring CMOS settings) could just use
/sys/class/rtc/rtc0/device/nvram

> I see that the x86 version of nvram_read_byte is just a wrapper
> around CMOS_READ(14 + addr). We also have some drivers
> that call the low-level function directly:
>
> arch/x86/include/asm/floppy.h: val = CMOS_READ(0x10) & 15;
> arch/x86/kernel/bootflag.c: v = CMOS_READ(sbf_port);
> drivers/char/mwave/smapi.c: usSmapiID = CMOS_READ(0x7C);
> drivers/input/misc/wistron_btns.c: qlen = CMOS_READ(cmos_address);
>
> I suppose we could make the thinkpad driver do the same,
> or provide a 'static inline' version of nvram_read_byte somewhere.
>

I guess we can do that, provided we take rtc_lock before using
CMOS_READ.

Thinking of it, I think this means we don't need the lock for powerpc as
nvram_read_byte doesn't take it. So I guess it is only needed on x86.

--
Alexandre Belloni, Bootlin (formerly Free Electrons)
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
http://bootlin.com

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