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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/2] i8k: Autodetect maximal fan speed and fan RPM multiplier
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On Saturday 20 December 2014 13:44:59 Guenter Roeck wrote:
> On 12/20/2014 04:18 AM, Pali Rohár wrote:
> > On Saturday 20 December 2014 13:04:03 Guenter Roeck wrote:
> >> On 12/20/2014 12:57 AM, Pali Rohár wrote:
> >>> On Friday 19 December 2014 20:28:08 Guenter Roeck wrote:
> >>>> On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 07:51:25PM +0100, Pali Rohár
wrote:
> >>>>> On Friday 19 December 2014 19:32:37 Guenter Roeck wrote:
> >>>>>>> -static int i8k_fan_mult;
> >>>>>>> -static int i8k_pwm_mult;
> >>>>>>> -static int i8k_fan_max = I8K_FAN_HIGH;
> >>>>>>> +static int i8k_fan_mult[2];
> >>>>>>> +static int i8k_pwm_mult[2];
> >>>>>>> +static int i8k_fan_max[2];
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> The rationale for this change is not explained in the
> >>>>>> commit log.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Do you have any indication that those values would ever
> >>>>>> be different for the two fans, ie that you actually
> >>>>>> need arrays here ?
> >>>>>
> >>>>> I do not know... But if we decide to use only single
> >>>>> value for multiplier and max value which fan to use for
> >>>>> autodetection?
> >>>>
> >>>> That does not answer my question. That you can not decide
> >>>> which fan to use for auto-detection does not mean that
> >>>> the result of that auto-detection would be different for
> >>>> different fans.
> >>>
> >>> Really I do not know if some dell products which have more
> >>> fans (some Precision models have 2) and each fan is using
> >>> different multiplier or has different max speed value.
> >>
> >> "I do not know" is not a reason for introducing such code.
> >>
> >> Guenter
> >
> > And having broken fan rpm output in userspace is not good.
>
> Sure, but only if it is in fact broken.
>
> > My code introduce fan rpm detection for each fan. I do not
> > see any problem for doing this detection per fan. You
> > suggest to do some global detection and use it for each
> > fan. And for your
>
> > suggestion I have 2 objections:
> The problem is that there is no evidence that a per-fan
> multiplier is needed. You may not see it that way, but
> unnecessary code _is_ a problem since it increases code size
> for no good reason. Furthermore, people not involved in this
> discussion will be inclined to believe that the code is
> necessary, in the wrong assumption that it would not have
> been introduced unless it was necessary.
>
> > 1) I do not know if global multiplier will work for all
> > fans. Detection per fan does not have this problem "I do
> > not know".
>
> It has been working all along, with no evidence that it
> doesn't work.
>
> > 2) How to do that global multiplier detection? I have no
> > idea how you want to do that.
>
> A single multiplier worked all along. It doesn't matter which
> fan is used to auto-detect the multiplier, it is still a
> single multiplier.
>
> Again, introducing code if you don't know that or if it may be
> needed is not an argument for introducing such code. Introduce
> it if and when there is evidence that it is needed.
>
> Thanks,
> Guenter

Ok, so what you suggest now? We have function which reports on
supported models if speed level X is supported for fan Y and
which RPM speed Z is expected for that level X. I have no problem
to (re)write for fan multiplier detection and maximal fan speed
level, but I need to know how to do that (which approach you
accept and which not). What I want to have is correct data in
userspace and better without hardcoded constants for each laptop
in driver code.

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Pali Rohár
pali.rohar@gmail.com
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