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SubjectRe: [PATCH] i2c: imx: increase retries on arbitration loss
Hi all,

On 16. 12. 22 12:13, Uwe Kleine-König wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 16, 2022 at 12:02:27PM +0100, Oleksij Rempel wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 16, 2022 at 11:41:08AM +0100, Primoz Fiser wrote:
>>> Hi Marco,
>>> On 16. 12. 22 10:45, Marco Felsch wrote:
>>>> Hi Primoz,
>>>> On 22-12-16, Primoz Fiser wrote:
>>>>> By default, retries value is set to 0 (no retries). Set retries to more
>>>>> sensible value of 3 to allow i2c core to re-attempt transfer in case of
>>>>> i2c arbitration loss (i2c-imx returns -EAGAIN errno is such case).
>>>> apart the fact that the number of retries vary a lot and so the client
>>>> driver behaviour can vary a lot which is not good IMHO, why do you think
>>>> that 3 is a sufficient number?
>>> IMHO it is better than leaving it at 0 (no retries)?
>>> Setting it to sensible value like 3 will at least attempt to make transfer
>>> in case arbitration-loss occurs.
>>>> If an arbitration loss happen, why do you think that retrying it 3 times
>>>> changes that?
>>> I our case, setting retries to non-zero value solves issues with PMIC
>>> shutdown on phyboard-mira which in some rare cases fails with "Failed to
>>> shutdown (err = -11)" (-EAGAIN).
>>> To me it makes common sense retries is set to non-zero value especially for
>>> such rare conditions/situations.

Ohh I see.

Reading through the thread I guess we aren't getting this mainlined at
all :)

But let me switch side and ask why do you think leaving retries = 0 is a
good idea?

The only solid point in the thread seems to be that in that case we are
not covering up the potential i2c hardware issues?

Yeah fair point but on the other hand, goal of this patch would be to
improve robustness in case of otherwise good performing hardware. From
user perspective I just want it to work despite it retrying under the
hood from time to time. I think Francesco had the same idea.

> Also in the same thread there is the question about better setting it in
> the i2c core if 3 instead of 0 is a good idea for the imx driver.

Using I2C_RETRIES ioctl for this seems a bit of an overkill considering
other i2c bus drivers also set retries to non-zero value. But anyways,
thank you for the idea.

> Best regards
> Uwe


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