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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 1/1] platform/mellanox: Add bootctl driver for Mellanox BlueField Soc
On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 10:47 PM Liming Sun <lsun@mellanox.com> wrote:

> > First of all, is it a real watchdog with a driver? I think watchdog in
> > that case should be set up through standard watchdog facilities.
>
> This is not a watchdog driver itself. Instead, it provides interface to
> user-space and use ARM SMC calls to ATF to configure registers and
> watchdog. I'll update the commit message in v2 to clarify it.

Hmm... For example Intel MID platforms have SCU (system controller
unit) that provides a watchdog facility. In the kernel we have a
watchdog driver for that.
Can't you do similar for your case?

> > > + if (mlxbf_bootctl_smc_call1(MLXBF_BOOTCTL_SET_POST_RESET_WDOG,
> > > + watchdog) < 0)
> > > + return -EINVAL;
> >
> > If that call returns an error it shouldn't be shadowed here.
>
> Not sure I understand this comment correctly or not.
> This function is defined by DRIVER_ATTR_RW(), which appears to expect
> ssize_t or an error code as return value according to other examples I saw.

What is returned by mlx...call1() should be propagated to the actual caller.
Same comment for all similar cases.

> > > + lc_state &= (MLXBF_BOOTCTL_SB_MODE_TEST_MASK |
> > > + MLXBF_BOOTCTL_SB_MODE_SECURE_MASK);
> >
> > Better to split like
> >
> > xxx =
> > (A | B);
>
> It seems hard to do "(A | B);" within 80 characters plus the indents.

Repeating myself, it's still better than your variant for readability.

> > > + if (res.a0 != 0x89c036b4 || res.a1 != 0x11e6e7d7 ||
> > > + res.a2 != 0x1a009787 || res.a3 != 0xc4bf00ca)
> >
> > What is this?!
> >
> > Can you use UUID API?
>
> Yes, it is UUID comparison. The SMC call returns four 'unsigned long' from ATF
> to represent the UUID. There seems no existing APIs in uapi/linux/uuid.h to
> compare such special format. How about replacing it with comment and MACROs
> instead of the hardcoded values to make it more readable?

Should be no magic numbers involved inside the function at the end.
Use descriptive definitions and I still recommend to give a look at
UUID API how it can be utilized here.
(hint: Thunderbolt hw is operating with integers, though driver uses
UUID API at the end)

--
With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

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