[lm-sensors] [PATCH 4/4] [RFC] hwmon: f71882fg: Add watchdog API for F71808E and F71889

Jim Cromie jim.cromie at gmail.com
Sun Apr 25 23:20:09 CEST 2010

On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM, Giel van Schijndel <me at mortis.eu> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 05:20:59PM +0100, Hans de Goede wrote:
>> On 03/24/2010 04:51 PM, Alan Cox wrote:
>>>> hold on the SIO port range. This would thus interfere with the
>>>> operation of the f71882fg driver. I.e. it would prevent the device
>>>> probing stage from working, thus preventing it from loading *after*
>>>> my in-development watchdog driver.
>>> There are two ways to deal with that really
>>> 1. Add a multi-function driver - it finds the chip and claims the
>>> port regions and then provides methods for locked access to them as
>>> well as creating other device instances that the drivers map to
>>> (probably platform devices ?) which in turn trigger the
>>> loading/binding of the relevant low level devices.
>>> 2. Fix the kernel request_resource stuff to support a sleeping non
>>> exclusive resource so request/free of regions can be used as a
>>> resource semaphore by co-operative devices.
>>> #2 is actually not hard but when I did the patch originally it then
>>> wasn't needed by the driver I had in mind for other reasons.
>>> See http://groups.google.com/group/linux.kernel/msg/1425fc2aad32e6ea
>>> Maybe its worth resurrecting ?
>> Or, a bit more specific solution would be to resurrect the superio
>> lock coordinator patches, which were written (but never merged) 2
>> years ago to solve exactly this problem:
>> http://lists.lm-sensors.org/pipermail/lm-sensors/2008-July/023743.html
> When performing some searches I find messages going back to at least
> september 2006 [1] [2]. With multiple occurences of these patches being
> "dusted off". They never got applied though, and for that (*not*
> applying them) I cannot find any reason. Is there any? Or did people
> just become uninterested and let the patches "collect dust"?

For my part, I started seeing difficulties in the centralized probing,
esp around the unlocking sequences; stuff thats device specific, but
wanted to be hidden in the centralized probe.  When it was just byte-sequences,
it was ok, but then too many variations presented.

> Then regarding Alan's patch. The fact that it is a *lot* simpler than
> Jim Cromie's SuperIO locks coordinator is IMHO a significant advantage
> over the latter. Furthermore, "lock coordinator" seems like a bad name
> to me, since those patches seem especially concerned with centralising
> the way that SuperIO devices are probed for. Thus if the only thing
> required is to serialize resource access I think plain-ol' locking
> (with the ability to block on the lock, rather than polling for it).

"coordinator" was meant to imply cooperative drivers,
though thats *always* the case, in that drivers would at least
have to check a mutex.

> [1] http://lists.lm-sensors.org/pipermail/lm-sensors/2006-June/016476.html
> [2] http://lkml.org/lkml/2006/9/14/20
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> With kind regards,
> Giel van Schijndel
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