Re: [PATCH v2 0/5] ARM: at91: fix hanged boot

From: Johan Hovold
Date: Thu Apr 11 2013 - 11:56:29 EST

On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 07:07:54PM +0100, Johan Hovold wrote:
> These patches fix a few severe issues affecting most AT91 SOCs where
> boot can hang after a non-general reset, and where the only way to get
> the system booting again is to do a general reset -- something which
> could require physically removing any backup battery.

Have you had time to look at these patches yet, Nicolas?

I don't think not having decided on the path forward for DT-support for
rtc-at91sam9 needs to be a blocker. The rtt-nodes will be needed in any

I could respin the series on top of the DT-patch for rtc-at91rm9200, and
add interrupt and status-disabled properties to the DT-nodes as well.


> The problems stem from the fact that the RTC and RTT-peripherals are
> powered by backup power (VDDBU) and are not reset on wake-up, user,
> watchdog or software reset. Consequently, RTC and RTT-alarms and their
> interrupts may be enabled at boot, leading to a system lock-up when an
> interrupt arrives on the shared system-interrupt line before the
> appropriate handler (e.g. RTC-driver) has been installed.
> The easiest way to trigger this is to simply wake up from an RTC-alarm
> on at91sam9g45. The RTC-driver currently does not disable interrupts at
> shutdown so even after a clean shut-down the system will always hang
> after waking up.
> The first patch fixes this very general case of RTC-wake up after a
> clean shutdown in the RTC-driver and is marked for stable as it is
> perfectly straight-forward. [ Note that the other, RTT-based, AT91
> RTC-driver already disables its interrupts at shutdown. ]
> The more general problem can be triggered, for example, by doing a
> user-reset while updating the RTC-time or if an RTC or RTT-alarm goes
> off after a non-clean shutdown.
> To fix this I propose that arch-code should mask the relevant interrupts
> before enabling the system interrupt at early boot, and this is what
> the fifth patch does. To access the RTC-registers I choose to revert a
> recent patch that moved the register definitions to drivers/rtc.
> Arguably, the relevant interrupts could also be disabled in bootloaders,
> but I suggest fixing it in the kernel once and for all.
> The patches have been tested on at91sam9263 and at91sam9g45 (non-DT),
> and compile-tested for the other SOCs and DT.
> Johan
> v2:
> - add DT-support
> - make sys_irq_mask non-mandatory
> Johan Hovold (5):
> ARM: at91/rtc: fix boot after RTC wake-up
> ARM: at91/dts: add RTC nodes
> ARM: at91/dts: add RTT nodes
> Revert "arm: at91: move at91rm9200 rtc header in drivers/rtc"
> ARM: at91: fix hanged boot
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