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SubjectRe: [PATCH V2 2/5] cpufreq: Replace few CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS checks with has_target()
On Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 7:00 AM Viresh Kumar <viresh.kumar@linaro.org> wrote:
>
> On 20-06-19, 08:35, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> > > CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS was introduced in a very old commit from pre-2.6
> > > kernel release commit 6a4a93f9c0d5 ("[CPUFREQ] Fix 'out of sync'
> > > issue").
> > >
> > > Probably the initial idea was to just avoid these checks for set_policy
> > > type drivers and then things got changed over the years. And it is very
> > > unclear why these checks are there at all.
> > >
> > > Replace the CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS check with has_target(), which makes
> > > more sense now.
> > >
> > > cpufreq_notify_transition() is only called for has_target() type driver
> > > and not for set_policy type, and the check is simply redundant. Remove
> > > it as well.
> > >
> > > Also remove () around freq comparison statement as they aren't required
> > > and checkpatch also warns for them.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Viresh Kumar <viresh.kumar@linaro.org>
> > > ---
> > > drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c | 13 +++++--------
> > > 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)
> > >
> > > diff --git a/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c b/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c
> > > index 54befd775bd6..41ac701e324f 100644
> > > --- a/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c
> > > +++ b/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c
> > > @@ -359,12 +359,10 @@ static void cpufreq_notify_transition(struct cpufreq_policy *policy,
> > > * which is not equal to what the cpufreq core thinks is
> > > * "old frequency".
> > > */
> > > - if (!(cpufreq_driver->flags & CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS)) {
> > > - if (policy->cur && (policy->cur != freqs->old)) {
> > > - pr_debug("Warning: CPU frequency is %u, cpufreq assumed %u kHz\n",
> > > - freqs->old, policy->cur);
> > > - freqs->old = policy->cur;
> > > - }
> > > + if (policy->cur && policy->cur != freqs->old) {
> > > + pr_debug("Warning: CPU frequency is %u, cpufreq assumed %u kHz\n",
> > > + freqs->old, policy->cur);
> > > + freqs->old = policy->cur;
> > > }
> > >
> > > srcu_notifier_call_chain(&cpufreq_transition_notifier_list,
> > > @@ -1618,8 +1616,7 @@ static unsigned int __cpufreq_get(struct cpufreq_policy *policy)
> > > if (policy->fast_switch_enabled)
> > > return ret_freq;
> > >
> > > - if (ret_freq && policy->cur &&
> > > - !(cpufreq_driver->flags & CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS)) {
> > > + if (has_target() && ret_freq && policy->cur) {
> > > /* verify no discrepancy between actual and
> > > saved value exists */
> > > if (unlikely(ret_freq != policy->cur)) {
>
> @Rafael: Here are your comments from the IRC exchange we had
> yesterday:
>
> > <rafael>:
> >
> > so the problem is that, because of the CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS check in
> > __cpufreq_get(), it almost never does the cpufreq_out_of_sync() thing
> > now. Because many drivers set CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS most of the time,
> > some of them even unconditionally. This patch changes the code that
> > runs very rarely into code that runs relatively often.
>
> Right, we will do the frequency verification on has_target() platforms
> with CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS set after this patch. But why is it the wrong
> thing to do ?

Well, my point was exactly what I said.

The patch pretended to be a cleanup and changed the code in a
meaningful way (at least for some drivers).

> What we do here is that we verify that the cached value of current
> frequency is same as the real frequency the hardware is running at. It
> makes sense to not do this check for setpolicy type drivers as the
> cpufreq core isn't always aware of what the driver will end up doing
> with the frequency and so no verification.
>
> But for has_target() type drivers, cpufreq core caches the value with
> it and it should check it to make sure everything is fine. I don't see
> a correlation with CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS flag here, that's it. Either we
> do this verification or we don't, but there is no reason (as per my
> understanding) of skipping it using this flag.
>
> So if you look at the commit I pointed in the history git [1], it does
> two things:
> - It adds the verification code (which is quite similar today as
> well).
> - And it sets the CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS flag only for setpolicy drivers,
> rightly so.
>
> The problem happened when we started to use CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS for
> constant loops-per-jiffy thing as well and many has_target() drivers
> started using the same flag and unknowingly skipped the verification
> of frequency.
>
> So, I think the current code is doing the wrong thing by skipping the
> verification using CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS flag.

All right then, thanks for explaining it here.

The patch is a bug fix, not a cleanup, and it fixes the changes that
caused CPUFREQ_CONST_LOOPS to be used for a different purpose without
adjusting the original code accordingly.

I can agree with this rationale, but please fix the changelog.

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