[lm-sensors] Simple fan question
khali at linux-fr.org
Thu May 6 18:40:11 CEST 2010
Sorry for the delay.
On Fri, 30 Apr 2010 08:56:46 +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > For RPM-controlled, look at the following entry instead:
> > fan[1-*]_target
> > Desired fan speed
> > Unit: revolution/min (RPM)
> > RW
> > Only makes sense if the chip supports closed-loop fan speed
> > control based on the measured fan speed.
> > One significant difference is that, in this case, you always know which
> > fan you control, while in the pwm[1-*] case you don't.
> Now, maybe the best option is to have instead:
> Discrete value
> fan[1-*]_supported values
> List of supported discrete values
> IE. I like the interface to be self-explanatory rather than relying on
> the user to know in advance what to write there. In which case I could
> either use 0,1,2 as values or even "off, slow, fast".
I have no objection.
> I can then make a custom fancontrol script (or add a wart to the
> existing one) to deal with this HW.
> What do you think ?
Please don't try to add this to the fancontrol script. It's messy
enough as is ;) You probably want to implement the kernel part and the
user-space part together before you propose a standard interface,
otherwise it might be difficult to make the best decisions with regards
to attribute names and values.
> Another option of course is to do the whole thermal control in a kernel
> thread :-) That wouldn't be very hard nor take a lot of code, but I'm
> sure I'll encounter resistance trying to merge that :-)
Me, I wouldn't object. That's what you did for other systems as far as I
can see? As long as things work in the end, I have no problem with
fan speed control being in the kernel. Having it in user-space has its
share of issues (e.g. risk of overheating is the script dies for any
But yes, others may complain.
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