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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 3/3] Revert "Revert "driver core: Set fw_devlink=on by default""
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On 4/27/2021 9:24 AM, Saravana Kannan wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 8:10 AM Sudeep Holla <sudeep.holla@arm.com> wrote:
>>
>> On Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 03:11:16PM +0100, Cristian Marussi wrote:
>>> On Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 09:33:31AM -0400, Jim Quinlan wrote:
>> [...]
>>>>>
>>>> I believe that the brcmstb-mbox node is in our DT for backwards
>>>> compatibility with our older Linux only. Note that we use the compatible
>>>> string '"arm,scmi-smc", "arm,scmi"'; the former chooses SMC transport and
>>>> ignores custom mailboxes such as brcmstb-mbox.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Right..so it is even more wrong that it is waiting for the mailboxes...but
>>> looking at the DT:
>>>
>>> brcm_scmi_mailbox@0 {
>>> #mbox-cells = <0x01>;
>>> compatible = "brcm,brcmstb-mbox";
>>> status = "disabled";
>>> linux,phandle = <0x04>;
>>> phandle = <0x04>;
>>> };
>>>
>>> brcm_scmi@0 {
>>> compatible = "arm,scmi-smc\0arm,scmi";
>>> mboxes = <0x04 0x00 0x04 0x01>;
>>> mbox-names = "tx\0rx";
>>> shmem = <0x05>;
>>> status = "disabled";
>>> arm,smc-id = <0x83000400>;
>>> interrupt-names = "a2p";
>>> #address-cells = <0x01>;
>>> #size-cells = <0x00>;
>>>
>>> it seems to me that even though you declare an SMC based transport (and in fact
>>> you define the smc-id too) you also still define mboxes (as a fallback I suppose)
>>> referring to the brcm_scmi_mailbox phandle, and while this is ignored by the SCMI
>>> driver (because you have selected a compatible SMC transport) I imagine this dep
>>> is picked up by fw_devlink which in fact says:
>>>
>>>> [ 0.300086] platform brcm_scmi@0: Linked as a consumer to brcm_scmi_mailbox@0
>>>
>>> and stalls waiting for it. (but I'm not really familiar on how fw_devlink
>>> internals works really...so I maybe off in these regards)
>
> Cristian,
>
> Great debugging work for not having worked on this before! Your
> comments about the dependencies are right. If you grep the logs for
> "probe deferral", you'll see these lines and more:
>
> [ 0.942998] platform brcm_scmi@0: probe deferral - supplier
> brcm_scmi_mailbox@0 not ready
> [ 3.622741] platform 8b20000.pcie: probe deferral - supplier
> brcm_scmi@0 not ready
> [ 5.695929] platform 840c000.serial: probe deferral - supplier
> brcm_scmi@0 not ready
>
> Florian,
>
> Sorry I wasn't clear in my earlier email. I was asking for the path to
> the board file DT in upstream so I could look at it and the files it
> references. I didn't mean to ask for an "decompiled" DTS attachment.
> The decompiled ones make it a pain to track the phandles.

Our Device Tree sources are not in the kernel since the bootloader
provides a FDT to the kernel which is massaged in different ways to
support a single binary for a multitude of reference boards and chip
variants. That FDT is 90% auto-generated offline from scripts and about
10% runtime patched based on our whim. We should probably still aim for
some visibility into these Device Tree files by the kernel community.

>
> The part that's confusing to me is that the mbox node is disabled in
> the DT you attached. fw_devlink is smart enough to ignore disabled
> nodes. Is it getting enabled by the bootloader? Can you please try
> deleting the reference to the brcm_scmi_mailbox from the scmi node and
> see if it helps? Or leave it really disabled?

Removing the 'mboxes' phandle works, see my other reply to Sudeep and I
should have captured the DT from the Linux prompt after it has been
finalized and where the mbox node is marked as enabled unfortunately.

>
> Also, as a separate test of workarounds, can you please add
> deferred_probe_timeout=1 to your commandline and see if it helps? I'm
> assuming you have modules enabled? Otherwise, the existing smarts in
> fw_devlink to ignore devices with no drivers would have kicked in too.

deferred_probe_timeout=1 does help however all of these drivers are
built into the kernel at the moment and so ultimately we reach
user-space with no console driver registered.

>
>> I was about to mention/ask the same when I saw Jim's reply. I see you have
>> already asked that. Couple of my opinions based on my very limited knowledge
>> on fw_devlink and how it works.
>>
>> 1. Since we have different compatible for SMC and mailbox, I am not sure
>> if it correct to leave mailbox information in scmi node. Once we have
>> proper yaml scheme, we must flag that error IMO.
>>
>> 2. IIUC, the fw_devlink might use information from DT to establish the
>> dependency and having mailbox information in this context may be
>> considered wrong as there is no dependency if it is using SMC.
>
> If this mbox reference from scmi is wrong for the current kernel and
> never used, then I'd recommend deleting that.

Yes that seems to be the way forward unless we want to set
fw_devlink=permissive on the command line, either should hopefully be an
option.

Thanks a lot for your response!
--
Florian

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