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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] watchdog: sama5d4: write the mode register in two steps
On 17/09/2018 15:58:45+0200, Romain Izard wrote:
> 2018-09-14 12:27 GMT+02:00 Alexandre Belloni <alexandre.belloni@bootlin.com>:
> > On 14/09/2018 12:13:39+0200, Romain Izard wrote:
> >> The specification for SAMA5D2 and SAMA5D4 chips, that use this IP for
> >> their watchdog timer, has the following advice regarding the Mode Register:
> >>
> >> "When setting the WDDIS bit, and while it is set, the fields WDV and WDD
> >> must not be modified."
> >>
> >> I have observed on a board based on a SAMA5D2 chip that using any other
> >> timeout duration than the default 16s in the device tree will reset the
> >> board when the watchdog device is opened; this is probably due to ignoring
> >> the aforementioned constraint.
> >>
> >> To fix this, read the content of the Mode Register before writing it,
> >> and split the access into two parts if WDV or WDD need to be changed.
> >>
> >
> > Hum, that is really weird because when I developed
> > 015b528644a84b0018d3286ecd6ea5f82dce0180, I tested with a program doing:
> >
> > flags = WDIOS_DISABLECARD;
> > ioctl(fd, WDIOC_SETOPTIONS, &flags);
> > for (i = 16; i > 2; i--) {
> > ioctl(fd, WDIOC_SETTIMEOUT, &i);
> > }
> >
> > ioctl(fd, WDIOC_KEEPALIVE, &dummy);
> >
> > flags = WDIOS_ENABLECARD;
> > ioctl(fd, WDIOC_SETOPTIONS, &flags);
> >
> > for (i = 16; i > 2; i--) {
> > ioctl(fd, WDIOC_SETTIMEOUT, &i);
> > }
> >
> > This would immediately reproduce the reset when changing WDV/WDD with
> > WDDIS set.
> >
> > I'll test again.
> >
>
> The issue is visible when setting a custom value for the timeout on startup.
> In the past it was only possible to do so with a module parameter, and the
> previous patch in the series makes it possible to do with the device tree.
>
> When using the Linux4SAM 5.7 release, it is sufficient to set the timeout on
> the command line to reproduce the issue:
>
> In the bootloader:
> # setenv bootargs $bootargs sama5d4_wdt.wdt_timeout=10
>
> To trigger an immediate reset (with some code that should work):
> # (echo 1; while sleep 3; do echo 1; done) > /dev/watchdog
>

Ok, I've tested and seen the issue. I agree with Guenter that it is
probably worth having a function to update MR that takes the timeout
value and whether the watchdog needs to be enabled. It would probably
make caching mr unnecessary.

--
Alexandre Belloni, Bootlin
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
https://bootlin.com

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