Re: [PATCH 6/6] hwmon: pwm-fan: Update the duty cycle inorder to control the pwm-fan

From: Guenter Roeck
Date: Fri Apr 10 2015 - 09:09:55 EST

On 04/10/2015 05:59 AM, Anand Moon wrote:
Hi Sjoerd,

I don't much advance knowledge on internal signaling of pwm-samsung module.

So do I need to send this patch again ?

From the context, it seems that the fix in hwmon would only paint
over a problem in the actual pwm driver, correct ?

If you resubmit the patch I would expect you to explain this in the
commit log.


-Anand Moon

On 10 April 2015 at 17:30, Sjoerd Simons <sjoerd.simons@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hey Anand,

On Fri, 2015-04-10 at 16:58 +0530, Anand Moon wrote:
Hi Guenter/Lukasz,

Earlier I send v2 version of the patch spiking this one.

Markus Riechl came back to me with below mail.
So This patch confirms fixes the bug.

I will send v3 version of the patch. Earlier I was in delima about the bug.

-Anand Moon
Hi Anand,

I tested your patch.

After booting the fan is spinning despite only 44°C.

/sys/class/thermal/cooling_device0/curstate is 0.
/sys/class/hwmon/hwmon4/pwm1 is 0

when I echo 1 > cur_state and then echo 0 > cur_state again,
the fan switches to off and behaves as expected.

It looks like there is a bug in initializing the pwm output
immediately after booting.

The problem here will be that at boot the PWM runs at full duty. With
the current exynos PWM drive if you disable the PWM it will stop pulsing
but remain high if it was at 100% duty. My patch on which you depend
upon fixed a race where disabling the pwm right after changing the duty
cycle (e.g. to 0%) also kept the signal high.

From looking at other PWM users at the time it seemed that most if not
all always first set to duty to 0% and then disable the pwm. Which
should work fine on exynos now. However iirc Thierry recently clarified
that the expected result of pwm_disable is not just that the modulation
stops but also that the output signal goes low, although that's not very
explicit in the current pwm documentation.. The exynos PWM driver will
need another fix tweak to make that true.

Best Regards,

Markus Reichl

On 8 April 2015 at 23:19, Anand Moon <linux.amoon@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi Guenter,

Sorry my blunder mistake. Sorry for the noise.

I just tested with spiking this patch and my observation and testing
were wrong we can skip this patch.

I will send an v2 patch series removing the patch 5 and patch 6.

With correct dts changes.

Thanks for pointing my mistake.

-Anand Moon

On 8 April 2015 at 22:23, Guenter Roeck <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Wed, Apr 08, 2015 at 09:32:05PM +0530, Anand Moon wrote:
Hi Guenter,

Initially the board bootup the cooling level state is 0.
So update the duty cycle and this power off the fan.
As their is no state change the fan will not spin.

Once the temperature sensor is reached to alert temperature it changes state.
With the state change the fan cools the CPU and then stop's

I have observed this state change with tmon utility in linux/tools/thermal/tmon/

Sorry, I am missing something. I still don't see what problem you are fixing
with this patch. What behavior is wrong with the current code, and how does your
patch fix it ?


-Anand Moon

On 8 April 2015 at 21:02, Guenter Roeck <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Wed, Apr 08, 2015 at 10:44:15AM +0200, Lukasz Majewski wrote:
Hi Anand,

Below changes depend on following patch.

Update the pwm_config with duty then update the pwm_disable
to poweroff the cpu fan.

Unfortunately, the patch does not include an explanation why it is needed.

The original code presumably did not update the duty cycle because
pwm was about to be disabled anyway. That kind of made sense to me.
Updating the duty cycle to 0 just to disable the pwm channel right
afterwards does not immediately make sense.

Given that, I would expect to see a rationale here. Why is this patch needed ?
Does it fix a bug ? If yes, pelase describe the bug. If not, what is the
purpose of this patch ?

Maybe that is all explained in patch 0/6, which I was not copied on. Even
if so, the reationale will be needed in the changelog to explain to future
developers why this change was made.


Tested on OdroidXU3 board.

Signed-off-by: Anand Moon <linux.amoon@xxxxxxxxx>
drivers/hwmon/pwm-fan.c | 10 ++++------
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/hwmon/pwm-fan.c b/drivers/hwmon/pwm-fan.c
index 7c83dc4..f25c841 100644
--- a/drivers/hwmon/pwm-fan.c
+++ b/drivers/hwmon/pwm-fan.c
@@ -44,26 +44,24 @@ static int __set_pwm(struct pwm_fan_ctx *ctx,
unsigned long pwm) int ret = 0;


[ please refrain from unnecessary whitespace changes ]

if (ctx->pwm_value == pwm)
goto exit_set_pwm_err;

- if (pwm == 0) {
- pwm_disable(ctx->pwm);
- goto exit_set_pwm;
- }
duty = DIV_ROUND_UP(pwm * (ctx->pwm->period - 1), MAX_PWM);
ret = pwm_config(ctx->pwm, duty, ctx->pwm->period);
if (ret)
goto exit_set_pwm_err;

+ if (pwm == 0)
+ pwm_disable(ctx->pwm);
if (ctx->pwm_value == 0) {
ret = pwm_enable(ctx->pwm);
if (ret)
goto exit_set_pwm_err;

ctx->pwm_value = pwm;

Reviewed-by: Lukasz Majewski <l.majewski@xxxxxxxxxxx>

BTW: I've added Guenter to CC.

Best regards,

Lukasz Majewski

Samsung R&D Institute Poland (SRPOL) | Linux Platform Group

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