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SubjectRe: [PATCH V3] clk: imx: Fix reparenting of UARTs not associated with sdout
On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 3:22 PM Adam Ford <aford173@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 4:24 AM Abel Vesa <abel.vesa@nxp.com> wrote:
> >
> > On 21-01-21 10:56:17, Sascha Hauer wrote:
> > > On Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 06:14:21PM +0200, Abel Vesa wrote:
> > > > On 21-01-20 16:50:01, Sascha Hauer wrote:
> > > > > On Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 05:28:13PM +0200, Abel Vesa wrote:
> > > > > > On 21-01-20 16:13:05, Sascha Hauer wrote:
> > > > > > > Hi Abel,
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > On Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 04:44:54PM +0200, Abel Vesa wrote:
> > > > > > > > On 21-01-18 08:00:43, Adam Ford wrote:
> > > > > > > > > On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 6:52 AM Abel Vesa <abel.vesa@nxp.com> wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > ...
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > > TBH, I'm against the idea of having to call consumer API from a clock provider driver.
> > > > > > > > > > I'm still investigating a way of moving the uart clock control calls in drivers/serial/imx,
> > > > > > > > > > where they belong.
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > That makes sense.
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > Just a thought. The uart clock used for console remains on from u-boot,
> > > > > > > > so maybe it's enough to just add the CLK_IGNORE_UNUSED flag to all the
> > > > > > > > uart root clocks and remove the prepare/enable calls for uart clocks
> > > > > > > > for good. I don't really have a way to test it right now, but maybe
> > > > > > > > you could give it a try.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > That would mean that UART clocks will never be disabled, regardless of
> > > > > > > whether they are used for console or not. That doesn't sound very
> > > > > > > appealing.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > AFAIK, the only uart clock that is enabled by u-boot is the one used for
> > > > > > the console. Later on, when the serial driver probes, it will enable it itself.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Unless I'm missing something, this is exactly what we need.
> > > > >
> > > > > It might enable it, but with CLK_IGNORE_UNUSED the clock won't be
> > > > > disabled again when a port is closed after usage
> > > >
> > > > OK, tell me what I'm getting wrong in the following scenario:
> > > >
> > > > U-boot leaves the console uart clock enabled. All the other ones are disabled.
> > > >
> > > > Kernel i.MX clk driver registers the uart clocks with flag CLK_IGNORE_UNUSED.
> > >
> > > I was wrong at that point. I originally thought the kernel will never
> > > disable these clocks, but in fact it only leaves them enabled during the
> > > clk_disable_unused call.
> > >
> > > However, when CLK_IGNORE_UNUSED becomes relevant it's too late already.
> > > I just chatted with Lucas and he told me what the original problem was
> > > that his patch solved.
> > >
> > > The problem comes when an unrelated device and the earlycon UART have
> > > the same parent clocks. The parent clock is enabled, but it's reference
> > > count is zero. Now when the unrelated device probes and toggles its
> > > clocks then the shared parent clock will be disabled due to the
> > > reference count being zero. Next time earlycon prints a character the
> > > system hangs because the UART gates are still enabled, but their parent
> > > clocks no longer are.
> > >
> >
> > Hmm, that is indeed a problem. That's why I think there should be some
> > kind of NOCACHE flag for almost all the types of clocks. For example,
> > in this case, it makes sense for the core to check the bit in the register
> > and then disable the parent based on that instead of relying on the refcount.
> > Anyway, that's something that needs to be added in the CCF.
> >
> > > Overall I think Lucas' patches are still valid and relevant and with
> > > Adams patches we even no longer have to enable all UART clocks, but
> > > only the ones which are actually needed.
> >
> > Yeah, for now, I think we can go with Adam's patches. But longterm, I would
> > like to remove the special case of the uart clocks we have right now in all
> > the i.MX clock drivers.

I looked around at other serial drivers, and I found nothing like this
function for enabling all UART clocks. There are generic functions
for registering consoles, earlycon etc, and the serial driver fetches
the per and igp clocks from the device tree, so I attempted to simply
remove imx_register_uart_clocks(). I booted an i.MX8M Nano from a
fully-powered off state, and my serial console came up just fine.

I checked the clk_summary, and the clock parents are set correctly and
the respective clock rates appear to be correct (ie, the console is
working at the desired baud rate, and Bluetooth is happy)

Since I don't fully understand the serial driver and the clock
dependencies, I don't want to just simply remove the function without
discussing it, because I don't know the ramifications. However, when
testing on the i.MX8M Nano, things look OK.
I also tested suspend-resume and the console UART appears to return
and the Bluetooth UART set to 4Mbps works just fine too.

I'd like to post a V4 which just removes imx_register_uart_clocks and
the corresponding calls to it. I don't know enough about the older
32-bit i.MX SoC's, but I have build-tested it, and I can generate a
patch. Are there any objections and/or concerns?

adam
> >
>
> Is the patch I submitted good enough for someone's acked-by or
> reviewed-by, or are there changes I need to implement?
>
> adam
>
> > >
> > > Sascha
> > >
> > >
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