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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] ipmi: looped device detection
On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 3:10 PM Corey Minyard <minyard@acm.org> wrote:
>
> 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.

This patch was actually critical for us to provide a reliable IPMI
interface. The version of OpenBMC or the state of the BMC at the
point the kernel was loading was flaky, so following the example in
the BIOS source, we just re-try a few times. We also can hold boot X
seconds until it's responding, but, this avoided some issues inherent
with that.

>
> 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.

If we did a periodic check, it could check X times, but I felt going
for a simple solution was ideal -- and this idea was proved out on a
few platforms. We have other drivers that are loaded by the kernel
(not at run-time) and they depend on IPMI, and without this patch they
would then have a non-trivial probability of failure.

>
> 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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