Re: iio: dht11 Updates

From: Harald Geyer
Date: Wed Dec 03 2014 - 07:18:49 EST

Hi Richard,

thanks for all the work you put into this!

Richard Weinberger writes:
> Please see my current patches for your driver.
> As discussed in an earlier mail I'm testing with the DHT22 sensor only.
> With the IRQ changes I see 84 edges.

This still surprises me. With the IRQ changes I would expect the
preamble to be 2 edges only. I must be missing something. Can you
explain this to me?

I'll look into this as soon as I've time.

> I have also a question on your driver. Why you increment
> DHT11_DATA_BIT_LOW/timeres by one in the ambiguity check?
> threshold = DHT11_DATA_BIT_HIGH / timeres;
> if (DHT11_DATA_BIT_LOW/timeres + 1 >= threshold)
> pr_err("dht11: WARNING: decoding ambiguous\n");

This is to take ambiguity of when the bit started relativ to the
clock ticks into account. For example with common 32kHz clocks:
DHT11_DATA_BIT_LOW / timeres = 0
DHT11_DATA_BIT_HIGH / timeres = 2
but since the bit might not start at a clock tick the actual t of
a low bit can be either 0 or 1 while the actual t of a high bit
can be either 2 or 3.

This case is fine.

But if we had a 38kHz clock:
DHT11_DATA_BIT_LOW / timeres = 1 t can be 1 or 2
DHT11_DATA_BIT_HIGH / timeres = 2 t can be 2 or 3
so we have an ambiguity. The ambiguity could be removed by a smarter
decoder, that looks at the t of other bits, but I'm not going to do
that unless somebody is promising to test it on affected hardware.

Feel free to add some comment about this to the code.

> [PATCH 1/4] iio: dht11: Add locking
> [PATCH 2/4] iio: dht11: IRQ fixes
> [PATCH 3/4] iio: dht11: Logging updates
> [PATCH 4/4] iio: dht11: Fix out-of-bounds read

You can add my Acked-by or Reviewed-by to 1/4 and 4/4 if you want to.
Maybe Jonathan wants the patches reordered so that fixes come first, but
then 4/4 should not cause any problems in practice, so perhaps it doesn't

I really have to understand this preamble length thing on 2/4 and I will
reply to 3/4 separately.

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