[lm-sensors] Solution for ACPI <-> lmsensors arbitration?

Hans de Goede j.w.r.degoede at hhs.nl
Wed Mar 14 20:55:44 CET 2007

Hi all,

In order to better understand the PC8374L datasheet I've also been reading the 
w83627hf datasheet, and I noticed that the w83627hf contains a driver 
arbitration mechanism in hardware. This may not be the case for all hwmon's but 
I believe that we should start supporting this for those who do. The address 
register of the hwmonitor part has a busy flag, currently the code for reading 
from it says:
    ISA access must always be locked explicitly!
    We ignore the W83781D BUSY flag at this moment - it could lead to deadlocks,
    would slow down the W83781D access and should not be necessary.
    There are some ugly typecasts here, but the good news is - they should
    nowhere else be necessary! */

If we would check this first and an address was written by ACPI, then we would 
know to wait. The only problem is that there is a race between the time we 
check the bit and then write our own access, I'm currently thinking about 
fixing this as follows:

while (!access_successfull && attemps)
    if (busy)
        disableinterrupts() /* or take a lock shared with acpi,
            but then we still have SMI problems, can we disable SMI too?
            or maybe only acpi-lock + mask SMI? */
        if (!busy)
           access_successfull = 1;
    attemps--; /* do we need this? */

I know this isn't pretty, but it should work, right? Comments?



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