PCI Power management (was: Re: [PATCH 4/13]: PCI Err: e100 ethernet driver recovery

Linas Vepstas linas at austin.ibm.com
Fri Jul 1 07:07:48 EST 2005


Scratch the idea I outline below, seems like its not a good idea.

I'm reading the e100, e1000 and the ixgb power management code, and they
go through all sorts of steps I don't need to do for PCI device reset.
There's no clear abstraction that would serve both needs.

On Thu, Jun 30, 2005 at 03:39:31PM -0500, Linas Vepstas was heard to remark:
> On Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 06:58:29PM +0200, Andi Kleen was heard to remark:
> > > Yep, OK. Pushig the timer would in fact break if the device was marked
> > > perm disabled.
> > 
> > I think for network drivers you should just write a generic error handler
> > (perhaps in net/core/dev.c) that calls the watchdog handler. 
> > Then all drivers could be easily converted without much code duplication.
> Well, there's no watchdog per-se in "struct net_device" -- are you
> suggesting I add one?
> It looks like I can almost create generic handlers for net devices; 
> looks like calling netdev->stop() is enough to handle the error
> detection. 
> However, a generic bringup would need to call pci_enable_device(), 
> and net/core/dev.c does not include pci.h so I can't really do it 
> there.  Other than that, a generic recovry routine looks like it might
> be possible; I'll have to experiment; its hard to tell by reading code.
> This might be the wrong paradigm, though.  The pci error recovery 
> routines are *almost identical* to the power-management suspend/resume
> routines.  From what I can tell, the only real difference is that 
> I want to not actually turn off/on the power. 
> Thus, the right thing to do might be to split up the 
> struct pci_dev->suspend() and pci_dev->resume() calls into
>    suspend()
>    poweroff()
>    poweron()
>    resume()
> and then have the generic pci error recovery routines call
> suspend/resume only, skipping the poweroff-on calls.  Does that 
> sound good?
> I'm not sure I can pull this off without having someone from 
> the power-management world throw a brick at me.
> --linas

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