[PATCH 00/20] powerpc: Convert power off logic to pm_power_off

Alexander Graf agraf at suse.de
Thu Oct 2 09:44:21 EST 2014

On 02.10.14 01:28, Scott Wood wrote:
> On Thu, 2014-10-02 at 01:21 +0200, Alexander Graf wrote:
>> On 02.10.14 00:39, Scott Wood wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2014-10-01 at 15:27 +0200, Alexander Graf wrote:
>>>> The generic Linux framework to power off the machine is a function pointer
>>>> called pm_power_off. The trick about this pointer is that device drivers can
>>>> potentially implement it rather than board files.
>>>> Today on PowerPC we set pm_power_off to invoke our generic full machine power
>>>> off logic which then calls ppc_md.power_off to invoke machine specific power
>>>> off.
>>>> However, when we want to add a power off GPIO via the "gpio-poweroff" driver,
>>>> this card house falls apart. That driver only registers itself if pm_power_off
>>>> is NULL to ensure it doesn't override board specific logic. However, since we
>>>> always set pm_power_off to the generic power off logic (which will just not
>>>> power off the machine if no ppc_md.power_off call is implemented), we can't
>>>> implement power off via the generic GPIO power off driver.
>>>> To fix this up, let's get rid of the ppc_md.power_off logic and just always use
>>>> pm_power_off as was intended. Then individual drivers such as the GPIO power off
>>>> driver can implement power off logic via that function pointer.
>>>> With this patch set applied and a few patches on top of QEMU that implement a
>>>> power off GPIO on the virt e500 machine, I can successfully turn off my virtual
>>>> machine after halt.
>>> Are there any plans to handle restart similarly?
>> I don't see an immediate need for it, as we do have access to reset via
>> the guts device.
> The guts device is problematic from a hardware description perspective,
> as we advertise a bunch of things to the guest that we don't implement.
> E.g. the only reason we don't currently have a problem with Linux trying
> to use guts to sync the timebase across cores is that by chance we
> happen to expose a guts that corresponds to a single-cpu SoC.

True, and it is slightly ugly to expose a specific SoC's guts in our
generic pv machine type.

>> I also don't see any generic driver in Linux that would implement reset
>> via a gpio controller device, so apparently it's not incredibly common
>> to implement reset via gpio.
> There wasn't a generic gpio-power-off driver either until a couple years
> ago...  Regardless of whether it's done via gpio, using ppc_md for it is
> bad for the same reasons as for power-off.

I agree. Today, only ARM has a comparable mechanism for drivers to hook
a reset handler into the machine specific reset path.

I'd say let's wait for Guenter to finish the power off rework and then
tackle a generic reset call chain based approach next.


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