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SubjectRe: [PATCH v11 5/8] PCI/AER: Allow clearing Error Status Register in FF mode
Hi Bjorn,

On 12/30/19 3:59 PM, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:
> [+cc Austin]
> On Thu, Dec 26, 2019 at 04:39:11PM -0800, wrote:
>> From: Kuppuswamy Sathyanarayanan <>
>> As per PCI firmware specification r3.2 System Firmware Intermediary
>> (SFI) _OSC and DPC Updates ECR
>> (,
> What is the state of this ECR? I see it in the "PCI Express Review
> Zone Archive". I don't know what the usage is of the "Review Zone" vs
> the "Review Zone Archive / PCI Express Review Zone Archive". AFAICS,
> it is not listed in any of the "Documents for 60 Day Member Review".
> And I think it needs some clarification (for one thing, it needs to
> say what the red/blue text means). I've mentioned some other items to
> Austin, but I haven't read it in detail because it seems like it's not
> quite baked yet.
> E.g., there's language about "it may make sense for an embedded system
> OS to own SFI, but it's recommended that general-purpose OSes never
> request SFI ownership." That's useless: Linux is certainly a general
> purpose OS, but Linux is also often an embedded OS. So the ECR
> doesn't provide useful guidance about how an OS should decide whether
> to request SFI ownership.
This ECR has merged three different change proposals (SFI related,
_OSC related updates and update to implementation note of DPC
handling with EDR support) into a single document.  Out of these
three changes, we only care about "DPC implementation note update".

We already have a ECR specification for Error Disconnect Recover (EDR)
support ( in published
spec section. But this document has some ambiguous statements / missing
which as  clarified in the implementation note section of mentioned ECR.
> Making code changes based on a published spec or ECN is fine,
> obviously. Changes based on an ECR that is well on track to being
> accepted, e.g., is in the 60-day review period, are probably OK. I
> don't yet have warm fuzzies about this ECR because I have no idea how
> far along it is.
> We might be able to justify some of these changes based on other
> specs; it just sounds weird to me to say "based on this Engineering
> Change Request that might be accepted someday, we must do X". Anybody
> can dream up an ECR that says anything at all, so AFAICT, an ECR is
> not at all authoritative.
>> sec titled
>> "DPC Event Handling Implementation Note", page 10, Error Disconnect
>> Recover (EDR) support allows OS to handle error recovery and clearing
>> Error Registers even in FF mode. So create exception for FF mode checks
>> in pci_cleanup_aer_uncorrect_error_status(), pci_aer_clear_fatal_status()
>> and pci_cleanup_aer_error_status_regs() functions when its being called
>> from DPC code path.

Sathyanarayanan Kuppuswamy
Linux kernel developer

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