Re: Subject : [ PATCH ]pci-reset-error_state-to-pci_channel_io_normal-at-report_slot_reset

From: Yanmin Zhang
Date: Tue May 21 2013 - 03:48:13 EST

On Mon, 2013-05-20 at 10:37 -0500, Linas Vepstas wrote:
> I think Joe Liu has it right. I'm going to top-post because things
> are a bit tangled below. I urge a review of
> /Documentation/PCI/pci-error-recovery.txt, as that gives the details.
> The intended sequence is that, after an error, the device driver gets
> a shot at running some diagnostics & dumps, and then the pci
> bridges/controllers/ports/links are reset (by platform code, viz. aer
> in this case) to a state resembling a fresh power-on. Then the
> .slot_reset() callback is called on the device driver, to tell the
> driver "hey everything upstream is now working, go set yourself up for
> normal ops." Thus, in particular, one should have pdev->error_state =
> pci_channel_io_normal; before .slot_reset() is called, and the PCI
> config space contents should resemble a fresh power-on state (and
> **NOT** some other saved state!)
> If the device driver wanted to leave the card in a dead state, it had
> several opportunities to say so, earlier in the callback sequence. If
> the driver wanted to fiddle with the card with the old PCI config
> space, it already had a chance to do that too, before the
> bridges/controllers/ports/links were fully reset by the platform. By
> the time that .slot_reset() is being called, both the platform and the
> device driver are expecting smooth sailing ahead.
Yes. It's flexible for drivers to do that in many callbacks. AER framework
provides such flexibility.

> So, looking at the original patch, it seems reasonable.
I agree.

> My impression
> is that maybe the AER driver had been doing not quite the right thing
> for a long time.
Pls. provide evidence/facts. The new patch is to facilitate device driver
implementation. It doesn't mean current AER driver is incorrect. We need
a tradeoff.

Just like what Bjoin says, we shouldn't change error_state to pci_channel_io_normal
before we really recover the hardware. The patch changes it just because
drivers might call some functions to recover the devices, while such functions
need (error_state==pci_channel_io_normal).

> -- Linas Vepstas

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