[RFC/PATCH 1/2] cpuidle: Allow idle-states to be disabled at start

Daniel Lezcano daniel.lezcano at linaro.org
Fri Aug 26 00:07:58 AEST 2016

On 08/25/2016 03:46 PM, Balbir Singh wrote:
> On 25/08/16 01:06, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>> On 08/24/2016 04:48 PM, Balbir Singh wrote:
>>> On 25/08/16 00:44, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>>>> On 08/19/2016 12:26 AM, Gautham R. Shenoy wrote:
>>>>> From: "Gautham R. Shenoy" <ego at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
>>>>> Currently all the idle states registered by a cpu-idle driver are
>>>>> enabled by default. This patch adds a mechanism which allows the
>>>>> driver to hint if an idle-state should start in a disabled state. The
>>>>> cpu-idle core will use this hint to appropriately initialize the
>>>>> usage->disable knob of the CPU device idle state.
>>>> Why do you need to do that ?
>>> I think patch 2/2 explains the reason as it uses this infrastructure
>> Ok, let me elaborate the question, I was not clear.
>> Why the userspace can't setup the system environment at boot time by
>> disabling the state instead of adding extra code to disable it at boot
>> time in the kernel and then re-enable it from userspace ?
> Gautham's patches don't want to have those states enabled by default.
> They are unlikely to be what production systems need, but likely
> what a knowledgeable person can look into selectively enable for
> experimentation.

Why not invert the logic ?

A knowledgeable person can look into selectively disable for production.

In addition, a kernel command line option to specify which state to
disable would be appropriate and beneficial for all existing drivers.

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