[Skiboot] [PATCH v3 3/3] powerpc/powernv: remove opal_sensor_mutex

Cedric Le Goater clg at fr.ibm.com
Mon Mar 30 17:51:04 AEDT 2015

On 03/30/2015 04:09 AM, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> On Fri, 2015-03-27 at 17:39 +0100, C├ędric Le Goater wrote:
>> The opal sensor mutex protects the opal_sensor_read call which
>> can return a OPAL_BUSY code on IBM Power systems if a previous 
>> request is in progress.
>> This can be handled at user level with a retry.
> It can, but how does it actually look in practice?
> It looks like the only use of opal_get_sensor_data() is show_sensor() in
> drivers/hwmon/ibmpowernv.c.
> Because that's a sysfs attribute folks will be generally just dumping 
> that with cat, or reading it in a shell script, neither of which will 
> cope nicely with EBUSY I think?

It won't, I agree but it should only happen when running concurrent cat 
commands on the hwmon sysfs files. The event should be rare enough.

Anyhow, this is not a big issue. We can drop that patch. The real "issue"
is the time it takes to get some values back from the FSP. This is what
user space has been most surprised about.



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