Re: [PATCH] ACPI, APEI, Add APEI _OSC support

From: Huang Ying
Date: Thu Jun 16 2011 - 21:40:29 EST

On 06/17/2011 09:34 AM, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 08:57:09AM +0800, Huang Ying wrote:
>> On 06/16/2011 09:57 AM, Matthew Garrett wrote:
>>> Yeah, this is going to be a problem. We have the HEST available at this
>>> point so we ought to be able to parse it, though. I'll take a look
>>> tomorrow.
>> We can check the HEST table before _OSC evaluating. But it is much
>> harder to check software part, because we have implemented GHES support
>> (Generic Hardware Error Source, the handler of firmware first mode
>> hardware error notification) as device driver and module.
> If the kernel has been configured with support for the feature then I
> think we ought to be able to assume that the kernel will support it at
> runtime.

There may be error during driver initialization. That is what I am

>> So I think we can do that in 2 steps. At first, we just enable WHEA
>> UUID, because that is easier to do. Then we find a way to implement
>> "APEI bit" in generic _OSC call. Do you think that is a good idea?
> I'm fine with that, providing that GHES isn't disabled purely because
> the WHEA UUID call wasn't successful.

Because we have not added the code to make generic _OSC call with "APEI
bit" now, so if WHEA UUID call failed, we have no firmware first mode
enabled. So I think it is safe to disable GHES if WHEA UUID call
failed. But in another hand, keeping GHES has no harm too. So I am OK
to keep GHES if WHEA UUID call failed.

Best Regards,
Huang Ying
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