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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] watchdog: orion: don't enable rstout if an interrupt is configured
On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 08:59:07PM +0000, Chris Packham wrote:
> Hijacking an old thread,
> On 11/10/17 5:30 PM, Chris Packham wrote:
> > On 11/10/17 16:42, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> >> On 10/10/2017 07:29 PM, Chris Packham wrote:
> >>> The orion_wdt_irq invokes panic() so we are going to reset the CPU
> >>> regardless. By not setting this bit we get a chance to gather debug
> >>> from the panic output before the system is reset.
> >>>
> >>> Signed-off-by: Chris Packham <>
> >>
> >> Unless I am missing something, this assumes that the interrupt is
> >> handled, ie that the system is not stuck with interrupts disabled.
> >> This makes the watchdog less reliable. This added verbosity comes
> >> at a significant cost. I'd like to get input from others if this
> >> is acceptable.
> >>
> >> That would be different if there was a means to configure a pretimeout,
> >> ie a means to tell the system to generate an irq first, followed by a
> >> hard reset if the interrupt is not served. that does not seem to be
> >> the case here, though.
> >>
> >
> > As far as I can tell there is no pretimeout capability in the orion
> > /armada WDT. I have got a work-in-progress patch that enables the RSTOUT
> > in the interrupt handler which some-what mitigates your concern but
> > still requires the interrupt to be handled at least once.
> >
> > Another option would be to use one of the spare global timers to provide
> > the interrupt-driven aspect.
> So as Guenter rightly pointed out my original patch meant that we'd hang
> if we got stuck in a loop with interrupts disabled. Shortly after that
> that's exactly what happened on my test setup.
> I've now been able to follow-up on the idea of using one of the spare
> global timers as a pretimeout indication and it's looking pretty
> promising. The patch is below (beware MUA wrapping). I'll submit it
> properly but I'm wondering if I should add the timer1 based watchdog as
> a separate watchdog device or like I have below roll it into the
> existing watchdog device.

Why not use a pretimeout ? Isn't this exactly what you are doing,
with a fixed pretimeout of timeout / 2 ?


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