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

Guenter Roeck linux at roeck-us.net
Thu Oct 2 12:51:35 EST 2014

On 10/01/2014 04:44 PM, Alexander Graf wrote:
> 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?
Guess I am missing some context here. Support for a restart handler call chain
will be added in 3.18. Currently its primary goal is to replace arm_pm_restart,
but it would be a one-liner to add support for it to powerpc (see below).

>>> 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.
Again, I may be missing something. How about drivers/power/reset/gpio-restart.c ?
It would be really simple make it work with powerpc; all you would have to do
is to add a call to do_kernel_restart() to the powerpc machine_restart() function.

>> 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.
Not anymore ...

> 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.
Please have a look into the restart handler; the code is in linux-next.
That should probably solve your restart related problems.
A branch on top of v3.17-rc2 is at


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