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

Michael Ellerman mpe at ellerman.id.au
Mon Mar 30 17:59:37 AEDT 2015

On Mon, 2015-03-30 at 08:51 +0200, Cedric Le Goater wrote:
> 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.

Rare enough maybe, but a real pain in the .. to cope with in a shell script if
you're trying to automate something.

> 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.

OK. The other option would be to move the mutex into the sysfs show routine, so
only that is synchronous. That would give you nice behaviour from cat, ie. it
would sleep on contention but still be killable with ctrl-c.


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