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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ath10k: Introduce a devicetree quirk to skip host cap QMI requests
Hi Rob, Bjorn, Kalle,

On Thu, 29 Oct 2020 at 19:10, Bjorn Andersson
<bjorn.andersson@linaro.org> wrote:
>
> On Tue 29 Sep 14:08 CDT 2020, Rob Herring wrote:
>
> > On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 11:59:41PM +0530, Amit Pundir wrote:
> > > There are firmware versions which do not support host capability
> > > QMI request. We suspect either the host cap is not implemented or
> > > there may be firmware specific issues, but apparently there seem
> > > to be a generation of firmware that has this particular behavior.
> > >
> > > For example, firmware build on Xiaomi Poco F1 (sdm845) phone:
> > > "QC_IMAGE_VERSION_STRING=WLAN.HL.2.0.c3-00257-QCAHLSWMTPLZ-1"
> > >
> > > If we do not skip the host cap QMI request on Poco F1, then we
> > > get a QMI_ERR_MALFORMED_MSG_V01 error message in the
> > > ath10k_qmi_host_cap_send_sync(). But this error message is not
> > > fatal to the firmware nor to the ath10k driver and we can still
> > > bring up the WiFi services successfully if we just ignore it.
> > >
> > > Hence introducing this DeviceTree quirk to skip host capability
> > > QMI request for the firmware versions which do not support this
> > > feature.
> >
> > So if you change the WiFi firmware, you may force a DT change too. Those
> > are pretty independent things otherwise.
> >
>
> Yes and that's not good. But I looked at somehow derive this from
> firmware version numbers etc and it's not working out, so I'm out of
> ideas for alternatives.
>
> > Why can't you just always ignore this error? If you can't deal with this
> > entirely in the driver, then it should be part of the WiFi firmware so
> > it's always in sync.
> >
>
> Unfortunately the firmware versions I've hit this problem on has gone
> belly up when receiving this request, that's why I asked Amit to add a
> flag to skip it.

So what is next for this DT quirk?

I'm OK to go back to my previous of_machine_is_compatible()
device specific hack, for now,
https://patchwork.kernel.org/project/linux-wireless/patch/1600328501-8832-1-git-send-email-amit.pundir@linaro.org/
till we have a reasonable fix in place or receive a vendor firmware
drop which fixes this problem (which I believe is highly unlikely
though, for this 2+ years old device).

Regards,
Amit Pundir

>
> That said, in the devices I've hit this I've managed to get newer
> firmware working, which doesn't have either problem.
>
> Regards,
> Bjorn

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