[PATCH] powernv/opal: Handle OPAL_WRONG_STATE error from OPAL fails

Stewart Smith stewart at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Thu Feb 23 14:52:33 AEDT 2017

Michael Ellerman <mpe at ellerman.id.au> writes:

> Stewart Smith <stewart at linux.vnet.ibm.com> writes:
>> Vipin K Parashar <vipin at linux.vnet.ibm.com> writes:
>>> On Monday 13 February 2017 06:13 AM, Michael Ellerman wrote:
>>>> Vipin K Parashar <vipin at linux.vnet.ibm.com> writes:
>>>>> OPAL returns OPAL_WRONG_STATE for XSCOM operations
>>>>> done to read any core FIR which is sleeping, offline.
>>>> OK.
>>>> Do we know why Linux is causing that to happen?
>>> This issue is originally seen upon running STAF (Software Test
>>> Automation Framework) stress tests and off-lining some cores
>>> with stress tests running.
>>> It can also be re-created after off-lining few cores and following
>>> one of below methods.
>>> 1. Executing Linux "sensors" command
>>> 2. Reading contents of file /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon0/tempX_input,
>>>     where X is offline CPU.
>>> Its "opal_get_sensor_data" Linux API that that triggers
>>> OPAL call "opal_sensor_read", performing XSCOM ops here.
>>> If core is found sleeping/offline Linux throws up
>>> "opal_error_code: Unexpected OPAL error" error onto console.
>>> Currently Linux isn't aware about OPAL_WRONG_STATE return code
>>> from OPAL. Thus it prints "Unexpected OPAL error" message, same
>>> as it would log for any unknown OPAL return codes.
>>> Seeing this error over console has been a concern for Test and
>>> would puzzle real user as well. This patch makes Linux aware about
>>> OPAL_WRONG_STATE return code from OPAL and stops printing
>>> "Unexpected OPAL error" message onto console for OPAL fails
>> Ahh... so this is a DTS sensor, which indeed is just XSCOMs and we
>> return the xscom_read return code in event of error.
>> I would argue that converting to EIO in that instance is probably
>> correct... or EAGAIN? EAGAIN may be more correct in the situation where
>> the core is just sleeping.
>> What kind of offlining are you doing?
>> Arguably, the correct behaviour would be to remove said sensors when the
>> core is offline.
> Right, that would be ideal. There appear to be at least two other hwmon
> drivers that are CPU hotplug aware (coretemp and via-cputemp).
> But perhaps it's not possible to work out which sensors are attached to
> which CPU etc., I haven't looked in detail.

Each core-temp@ sensor has a ibm,pir property, so linking back to what
core shouldn't be too hard. For mem-temp@ sensors, we have the chip-id.

> In that case changing just opal_get_sensor_data() to handle
> OPAL_WRONG_STATE would be OK, with a comment explaining that we might be
> asked to read a sensor on an offline CPU and we aren't able to detect
> that.


Stewart Smith
OPAL Architect, IBM.

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