[RFC] Option to disable mapping genrtc calls to ppc_md calls

Tolunay Orkun listmember at orkun.us
Wed Jan 19 04:39:46 EST 2005

Dan Malek wrote:
> On Jan 18, 2005, at 11:15 AM, Tom Rini wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 17, 2005 at 02:10:00PM -0700, Mark A. Greer wrote:
>>> There are 2 reasons to not use the ppc_md.get_rtc_time() et. al. 
>>> interfaces:
>>> 1) They are called before the i2c driver is initialized and even loaded
>>> if its a module.
> There are three reasons.  You don't want to use an I2c rtc clock at
> all in these functions because they get can get called from the
> clock interrupt to update the time in the rtc.  If it does happen to work,
> it creates long latencies in the timer interrupt.  If the i2c requires an
> interrupt, they system will crash or hang.
> A system using an I2C RTC should find some way to access the
> clock from application space as a standard I2C device and manage
> time/clock from the application, not from the kernel.

This is exactly what I've done for our PPC405GP based Linux port 
(2.4.25). I've written a clone of hwclock utility using /dev/i2c0 to 
access Dallas RTC chip with I2C interface. I setthe system clock from 
RTC within /etc/rcS (Busybox). It is less than perfect as early logs 
have the date wrong but it was the direction of least resistance.

Still, I think there should be a better standardized RTC interface to 
help deal with I2C/SMBus based RTC chips.

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