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SubjectRe: Crash in msm serial on dragonboard with ftrace bootargs

On 15/11/18 10:33, Sai Prakash Ranjan wrote:
> On 11/13/2018 3:14 PM, Srinivas Kandagatla wrote:
>> Hi Sai,
>> On 25/10/18 15:36, wrote:
>>> "If I disable dma node and LS-UART0, then I don't see any crash and
>>> ftrace also works fine"
>>> And one more observation is that even without ftrace cmdline, if I use
>>> earlycon and disable dma, I face the same crash.
>>> So basically this seems to be some kind of earlycon and dma issue and
>>> not ftrace(I can be wrong).
>>> So adding Srinivas for more info on this dma node.
>> Its Interesting that my old email conversations with SBoyd show that I
>> have investigated this issue in early 2016!
>> My analysis so far:
>> This reason for such behavior is due the common iface clock
>> (GCC_BLSP1_AHB_CLK) across multiple drivers(serial ports, bam dma
>> and other low speed devices).
>> The code flow in DB410C is bit different, as the uart0 is first
>> attempted to set as console and then uart1, this ordering triggers
>> pm state change uart_change_pm(state, UART_PM_STATE_OFF) from serial
>> core while setting up uart0, this would go and disable all the
>> clocks for uart0.
>> As uart1 is not setup Yet, and earlycon is still active, any
>> attempts by earlycon to write to registers would trigger a system
>> reboot as the clock was just disabled by uart0 change_pm code.
>> This can even be triggered with any drivers like spi which uses same
>> clock I guess.
>> Hope it helps,
>> Either earlycon needs to reference the clocks or those clocks needs to
>> be marked always-on (but only with earlycon).
>>> Also just for a note: apq8096-db820c.dtsi shows UART0 is disabled
>>> because
>>> bootloader does not allow access to it. Could this also be the case
>>> for db410c?
>> No, this is not the case with DB410c. DB820c has added restrictions in
>> TZ, I think new booloaders should have solved this issue.
> Hi Srinivas,
> Thanks a lot for pointing out the cause of crash.
> I just tried setting GCC_BLSP1_AHB_CLK with flag CLK_IS_CRITICAL and the
> crash disappears.
> But I suppose setting CLK_IS_CRITICAL is not the solution?

Yes, this is not the solution, but it proves that the hand-off between
booloaders and kernel is the issue.

In general there is wider issue with resources hand-off between
bootloader and kernel.

There has been some proposal in the past by Viresh for a new framework
called boot-constriants ( which am
not sure if its still actively looked at. But something similar should
be the way to address such issues.


> Thanks,
> Sai

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