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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] ipmi: looped device detection
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On 09/11/2018 05:56 PM, Patrick Venture wrote:
> Try to get the device ID repeatedly during initialization before giving up.
> The BMC isn't always responsive, and this allows it to be slightly flaky
> during early boot.
>
> Tested: Installed on a system with the BMC software disabled
> such that it was non-responsive. The driver correctly detected this
> and gave up as expected. Then I re-enabled the BMC software unloaded
> and reloaded the driver and it was detected properly.

The patch looks fine, but I wonder if this is something that is really
valuable.
I have wondered about this before.

The question is: If the BMC is unavailable, what are the chances of it
becoming
available by the time you do 5 attempts?  I would guess that is a pretty
small
chance, which is why I haven't done this already.

You could have something that re-tested periodically, but there are so many
systems with IPMI specified in ACPI or SMBIOS that is wrong, and it would
try forever.  Also not really a good thing.

So I've left it to reload the driver or use the hotmod interface.

-corey

> Signed-off-by: Patrick Venture <venture@google.com>
> ---
> v2:
> - removed extra variable that was set but not used.
> ---
> drivers/char/ipmi/ipmi_si_intf.c | 23 ++++++++++++++++++++++-
> 1 file changed, 22 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>
> diff --git a/drivers/char/ipmi/ipmi_si_intf.c b/drivers/char/ipmi/ipmi_si_intf.c
> index 90ec010bffbd..5fed96897fe8 100644
> --- a/drivers/char/ipmi/ipmi_si_intf.c
> +++ b/drivers/char/ipmi/ipmi_si_intf.c
> @@ -1918,11 +1918,13 @@ int ipmi_si_add_smi(struct si_sm_io *io)
> * held, primarily to keep smi_num consistent, we only one to do these
> * one at a time.
> */
> +#define GET_DEVICE_ID_ATTEMPTS 5
> static int try_smi_init(struct smi_info *new_smi)
> {
> int rv = 0;
> int i;
> char *init_name = NULL;
> + unsigned long sleep_rm;
>
> pr_info(PFX "Trying %s-specified %s state machine at %s address 0x%lx, slave address 0x%x, irq %d\n",
> ipmi_addr_src_to_str(new_smi->io.addr_source),
> @@ -2003,7 +2005,26 @@ static int try_smi_init(struct smi_info *new_smi)
> * Attempt a get device id command. If it fails, we probably
> * don't have a BMC here.
> */
> - rv = try_get_dev_id(new_smi);
> + for (i = 0; i < GET_DEVICE_ID_ATTEMPTS; i++) {
> + pr_info(PFX "Attempting to read BMC device ID\n");
> + rv = try_get_dev_id(new_smi);
> + /* If it succeeded, stop trying */
> + if (!rv)
> + break;
> +
> + /* Sleep for ~0.25s before trying again instead of hammering
> + * the BMC.
> + */
> + sleep_rm = msleep_interruptible(250);
> + if (sleep_rm != 0) {
> + pr_info(PFX "Find BMC interrupted\n");
> + rv = -EINTR;
> + goto out_err;
> + }
> + }
> +
> + /* If we exited the loop above and rv is non-zero we ran out of tries.
> + */
> if (rv) {
> if (new_smi->io.addr_source)
> dev_err(new_smi->io.dev,


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