[RFC PATCH 5/7] powerpc/book3s: Don't turn on the MSR[ME] bit until opal processes the reason.

Nicholas Piggin npiggin at gmail.com
Tue Feb 21 15:43:40 AEDT 2017

On Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:47:53 +0530
Mahesh Jagannath Salgaonkar <mahesh at linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:

> On 02/21/2017 08:17 AM, Nicholas Piggin wrote:
> > On Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:22:56 +0530
> > Mahesh J Salgaonkar <mahesh at linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> >   
> >> From: Mahesh Salgaonkar <mahesh at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> >>
> >> Delay it until we are done with machine_check_early() call. Turn on MSR[ME]
> >> once opal is done with processing MCE.  
> > 
> > Why? This seems like quite a regression -- the MCE handler today
> > has about 60 instructions and 30 l/st with ME clear.  
> I understand that this is bit long window. But we are in MCE handling
> code and if we hit MCE while doing that we may anyway end up with
> recursive MCE interrupts without really be able to recover from it.

There is careful code to handle recursive machine checks though.
Things should be structured so we will handle recursive MCEs and
recover/fail/checkstop properly.

> Instead lets risk checkstop which would get us rebooted with hostboot
> throwing proper error call out.

I'd like more justification for the proposed change. How is it an


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