Re: [PATCH 15/15] tty: serial: 8250: omap: add dma support

From: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior
Date: Thu Aug 28 2014 - 15:37:19 EST

On 08/28/2014 06:46 PM, Tony Lindgren wrote:
>> To use DMA you don't have to enable it in SCR register you can also use
>> the FCR register. The manual says that you can only write this DMA
>> enable bit in the FCR register if the baud clock is not running. And
>> guess what: same thing: I only *toggle* the DMA enable bit here (it
>> remains 0 later) and the core won't hit idle.
>> Same effect if I toggle this bit while the baud clock is running (the
>> manual says that this bit can only be written if the baud clock is not
>> running). Seems like the UART is following its own specification and it
>> remains blocking once the DMA was enabled.
>> It would be nice if someone from the UART-IP team could ACK this.
> Sounds like there should be some way to clear that state.. I wonder
> if omap-serial.c had something before it's DMA support was removed?

Its DMA was removed? Like there was DMA support?

> I'd assume when the UART is powered down by runtime PM it's state
> is completetely reset and we could restore the non-DMA state?

I tried that by canceling the RX-DMA request and removing the DMA-enable
bits from UART but it didn't help. Then I noticed that once that DMA en
bit is set, the UART won't do any idle.

> Maybe post your current patches and a test patch to try to toggle
> the DMA on and off?

Oh. I pushed my dirty tree to
git:// uart_v8_wip

The top most commit does not setup dma at all and adds commented out
code how to enable DMA via SCR or FCR register. With this I hit
core-off. Once _one_ of the modes are enabled, it doesn't work anymore.

I will try to address review comments tomorrow and hopefully post a v8
based on -rc2. The same goes for your patch (which I will try tomorrow).

>> Bah. Does it make sense to use runtime-PM if we can't hit core-off? I'm
>> thinking to add a printk once dma is enabled says that runtime-pm is
>> switched off.
> Well if we can't find a way to unset the DMA registers in the UART,
> how about only enable it if a kernel cmdline option is specified?

Hmmm. So removing DMA properties from DT is not an option? Currently I
added a message that DMA might forbid low power mode so people might
remove "dma-names" from DT (or assign "") and DMA is off. However if
this is no good, then I guess I could add kernel module which enables

> We do have runtime PM working without it, and the serial console
> super important for any kind of debugging no matter what idle
> mode the SoC hits.. So let's not break that.

Yeah, I know. I've been debugging while I broke something which means
uart wasn't working :)

> Regards,
> Tony

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