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Date:   Thu, 5 Apr 2018 16:08:24 +0200
From:   Hans de Goede <>
To:     Thierry Reding <>
Cc:     Patrice CHOTARD <>,
        Kunihiko Hayashi <>,
        Tejun Heo <>,
        Matthias Brugger <>,
        Rob Herring <>,
        Mark Rutland <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ata: ahci-platform: add reset control support


On 05-04-18 16:00, Hans de Goede wrote:
> Hi,
> On 05-04-18 15:54, Thierry Reding wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 05, 2018 at 03:27:03PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> On 05-04-18 15:17, Patrice CHOTARD wrote:
>>>> Hi Thierry
>>>> On 04/05/2018 11:54 AM, Thierry Reding wrote:
>>>>> On Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 10:30:53AM +0900, Kunihiko Hayashi wrote:
>>>>>> Add support to get and control a list of resets for the device
>>>>>> as optional and shared. These resets must be kept de-asserted until
>>>>>> the device is enabled.
>>>>>> This is specified as shared because some SoCs like UniPhier series
>>>>>> have common reset controls with all ahci controller instances.
>>>>>> Signed-off-by: Kunihiko Hayashi <>
>>>>>> ---
>>>>>>     .../devicetree/bindings/ata/ahci-platform.txt      |  1 +
>>>>>>     drivers/ata/ahci.h                                 |  1 +
>>>>>>     drivers/ata/libahci_platform.c                     | 24 +++++++++++++++++++---
>>>>>>     3 files changed, 23 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>>>>> This causes a regression on Tegra because we explicitly request the
>>>>> resets after the call to ahci_platform_get_resources().
>>>> I confirm, we got exactly the same behavior on STi platform.
>>>>>    From a quick look, ahci_mtk and ahci_st are in the same boat, adding the
>>>>> corresponding maintainers to Cc.
>>>>> Patrice, Matthias: does SATA still work for you after this patch? This
>>>>> has been in linux-next since next-20180327.
>>>> SATA is still working after this patch, but a kernel warning is
>>>> triggered due to the fact that resets are both requested by
>>>> libahci_platform and by ahci_st driver.
>>> So in your case you might be able to remove the reset handling
>>> from the ahci_st driver and rely on the new libahci_platform
>>> handling instead? If that works that seems like a win to me.
>>> As said elsewhere in this thread I think it makes sense to keep (or re-add
>>> after a revert) the libahci_platform reset code, but make it conditional
>>> on a flag passed to ahci_platform_get_resources(). This way we get
>>> the shared code for most cases and platforms which need special handling
>>> can opt-out.
>> Agreed, although I prefer such helpers to be opt-in, rather than
>> opt-out. In my experience that tends make the helpers more resilient to
>> this kind of regression. It also simplifies things because instead of
>> drivers saying "I want all the helpers except this one and that one",
>> they can simply say "I want these helpers and that one". In the former
>> case whenever you add some new (opt-out) feature, you have to update all
>> drivers and add the exception. In the latter you only need to extend the
>> drivers that want to make use of the new helper.

Erm, the idea never was to make this opt-out but rather opt in, so
we add a flags parameter to ahci_platform_get_resources() and all
current users pass in 0 for that to keep the current behavior.

And only the generic drivers/ata/ahci_platform.c driver will pass
in a the new AHCI_PLATFORM_GET_RESETS flag, which makes
ahci_platform_get_resources() (and the other functions) also deal
with resets.

>> With that in mind, rather than adding a flag to the
>> ahci_platform_get_resources() function, it might be more flexible to
>> split the helpers into finer-grained functions. That way drivers can
>> pick whatever functionality they want from the helpers.
> Good point, so lets:
> 1) Revert the patch for now
> 2) Have a new version of the patch which adds a ahci_platform_get_resets() helper
> 3) Modify the generic drivers/ata/ahci_platform.c driver to call the new
>     ahci_platform_get_resets() between its ahci_platform_get_resources()
>     and ahci_platform_enable_resources() calls.
>     I think that ahci_platform_enable_resources() should still automatically
>     do the right thing wrt resets if ahci_platform_get_resets() was called
>     (otherwise the resets array will be empty and should be skipped)
> This should make the generic driver usable for the UniPhier SoCs and
> maybe some other drivers like the ahci_st driver can also switch to the
> new ahci_platform_get_resets() functionality to reduce their code a bit.

So thinking slightly longer about this, with the opt-in variant
(which is what I intended all along) I do think that a flags parameter
is better, because the whole idea behind lib_ahci_platform is to avoid
having to do err = get_resource_a(), if (err) bail, err = get_resource_b()
if (err) bail, etc. in all the ahci (platform) drivers. And having fine
grained helpers re-introduces that.



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