Re: [PATCH 1/4] ACPI, APEI, GHES, Prevent GHES to be built asmodule

From: Matthew Garrett
Date: Tue Jun 21 2011 - 09:19:04 EST

On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 09:23:01AM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 03:16:24PM +0800, Huang Ying wrote:
> > GHES (Generic Hardware Error Source) is used to process hardware error
> > notification in firmware first mode. But because firmware first mode
> > can be turned on but can not be turned off, it is unreasonable to
> > unload the GHES module with firmware first mode turned on. To avoid
> > confusion, this patch makes GHES can be enable/disable in
> > configuration time, but not built as module and unload at run time.
> It's better to keep it as a module, but disable unloading.
> You can do that with a __module_get(THIS_MODULE) in the init code
> when FFM is detected.

Anything that's enabled by an _OSC call is expected to be available
immediately. So the choices are either to ensure that GHES support is
built in, or to make a second _OSC call when the GHES code is loaded.
We've seen in the PCIe case that many firmware implementations
misinterpret multiple attempts to set _OSC with the same UUID, and a
cursory examination of some implementations of the systemwide one
suggest that we'd see the same issue there.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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