[lm-sensors] [PATCH v3] k10temp: temperature sensor for AMD Family 10h/11h CPUs
khali at linux-fr.org
Thu Nov 26 21:44:29 CET 2009
On Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:51:38 +0100, Clemens Ladisch wrote:
> Jean Delvare wrote:
> > On Tue, 24 Nov 2009 15:09:57 +0100, Clemens Ladisch wrote:
> > > This means that one of the already existing limit values must be the
> > > reference base, so we'd need just a mechanism to specify which of them
> > > is it, i.e., "temp1_relative_base: max". If we'd have
> > > "temp1_relative: 70000", the application would have to search among the
> > > limit values for one with the same value.
> > I fail to see why the application would care about this at all. When in
> > relative mode, all other values would be offset by the temp#_relative
> > value. But that value itself would not be displayed (it has no physical
> > value, otherwise we wouldn't be in absolute mode, would we?)
> > ...
> > > temp1_relative: true
> > This is taking flexibility away from us, for no benefit that I can see.
> > Am I missing something?
> The application has to display something like "24 °C below the limit",
> so how should it know that the 70°C should be named "the limit"?
OK, I get your point now. We have to think about how applications will
present the information to the user. Admittedly my proposal doesn't
address this part of the problem.
> To use an example, my CPU has these entries like these:
> temp1_input: 29875
> temp1_max: 70000
> temp1_crit: 95000
> temp1_crit_hyst: 92500
> How should these entries be displayed?
> (we know that: "40.1 °C below limit", "limit", "25 °C above limit" etc.)
> But what algorithm should the application (or libsensors) use to create
> those labels? If we have "temp1_relative: 70000", then this happens to
> be the "max" limit; but what if some CPU vendor decides to define, e.g.,
> the value 0 as the "normal" operating temperatire, so that the entries
> would look like this:
> temp1_input: -1000
> temp1_max: 40000
> temp1_relative: 0
> Should the values be labeled as "1 °C below normal" and "40 °C above
> normal", and how should the application know that 0 is to be labeled
> "normal"? It might make more sense to display the temperature just as
> "41 °C below max", in which case the actual value of temp1_relative is
> not used at all.
Except that there may be no temp1_max, just a temperature value
relative to the "normal" operating point of the CPU. In that case we
can't fallback to the max limit.
Even your initial proposal doesn't work there yet: the hwmon interface
has no standard name for "normal operating temperature", so we can't put
that name in temp#_relative. And again there's the (potential) case
where we don't know what the reported temperature value is relative to.
I'm wondering if this would make sense to (ab)use the temp#_label
string for that. Or maybe create a new label (temp#_relative_label or
similar) but I'm not sure how we would integrate this into libsensors
and applications. In particular I am worried about translation issues
if we make the drivers too verbose.
> "Relative" means that any value is meaningful only in comparison with
> other values/limits, so it does not make sense to declare one point on
> the scale as base.
The _hardware_ does use one point of the scale as the base, not us. We
have to deal with what the hardware implements. If the base has a
meaning (normal operating temperature, or critical temperature, etc.)
we have to let the user know somehow.
> > Additionally it wouldn't fit in libsensors as it exists today.
> Then the best bet would probably be an entry like temp#_unit, with
> 0 = absolute °C (default); 1 = relative °C or °K; other values
> "unknown". Even if some silly scale is introduced later, applications
> that read this entry then know that they must not display a unit like °C
> for unknown unit specifications.
This could work, yes. Note that current drivers and libsensors don't
have/know about this file yet, and they generally use an absolute °C
scale. So the absence of temp#_unit file would be interpreted exactly
as if the file was there and contained value 0.
(I'd rather name that file temp#_scale - but that's an implementation
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