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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 04/10] mailbox: sunxi-msgbox: Add a new mailbox driver
On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 08:07:53AM -0500, Samuel Holland wrote:
> On 8/20/19 6:18 AM, Ondřej Jirman wrote:
> >> + reset = devm_reset_control_get(dev, NULL);
> >> + if (IS_ERR(reset)) {
> >> + ret = PTR_ERR(reset);
> >> + dev_err(dev, "Failed to get reset control: %d\n", ret);
> >> + goto err_disable_unprepare;
> >> + }
> >> +
> >> + ret = reset_control_deassert(reset);
> >> + if (ret) {
> >> + dev_err(dev, "Failed to deassert reset: %d\n", ret);
> >> + goto err_disable_unprepare;
> >> + }
> >
> > You need to assert the reset again from now on, in error paths. devm
> > will not do that for you.
>
> I know, and that's intentional. This same message box device is used for ATF to
> communicate with SCP firmware (on a different channel). This could be happening
> on a different core while Linux is running. So Linux is not allowed to deassert
> the reset. clk_disable_unprepare() is only okay because the clock is marked as
> critical.

I agree with Ondrej that since this is clearly not the standard use of
the API, this must have a big comment explaining why we're doing it
this way.

Maxime

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Maxime Ripard, Bootlin
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
https://bootlin.com
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