Re: [PATCH] usb: core: add usb3 lpm sysfs
From: Zhuang Jin Can
Date: Wed Apr 29 2015 - 06:57:36 EST
On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 11:01:48AM +0200, Greg KH wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 03:20:04PM +0800, Zhuang Jin Can wrote:
> > On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 11:11:10PM +0200, Greg KH wrote:
> > > On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 12:51:27AM +0800, Zhuang Jin Can wrote:
> > > > Hi Greg KH,
> > > >
> > > > On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 12:42:24PM +0200, Greg KH wrote:
> > > > > On Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 11:46:12AM +0800, Zhuang Jin Can wrote:
> > > > > > Some usb3 devices may not support usb3 lpm well.
> > > > > > The patch adds a sysfs to enable/disable u1 or u2 of the port.The
> > > > > > settings apply to both before and after device enumeration.
> > > > > > Supported values are "0" - u1 and u2 are disabled, "u1" - only u1 is
> > > > > > enabled, "u2" - only u2 is enabled, "u1_u2" - u1 and u2 are enabled.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > The interface is useful for testing some USB3 devices during
> > > > > > development, and provides a way to disable usb3 lpm if the issues can
> > > > > > not be fixed in final products.
> > > > >
> > > > > How is a user supposed to "know" to make this setting for a device? Why
> > > > > can't the kernel automatically set this value properly? Why does it
> > > > > need to be a kernel issue at all?
> > > > >
> > > > By default kernel enables u1 u2 of all USB3 devices. This interface
> > > > provides the user to change this policy. User may set the policy
> > > > according to PID/VID of uevent or according to the platform information
> > > > known by userspace.
> > >
> > > And why would they ever want to do that?
> > >
> > > > It's not a kernel issue, as u1 u2 is mandatory by USB3 compliance. But
> > > > for some internal hardwired USB3 connection, e.g. SSIC, passing USB3
> > > > compliance is not mandatory. So the interface provides a way for vendor
> > > > to ship with u1 or u2 broken products. Of course, this is not encouraged :).
> > >
> > > If the state is broken for those devices, we can't require the user to
> > > fix it for us, the kernel should do it automatically.
> > >
> > > > > And when you are doing development of broken devices, the kernel doesn't
> > > > > have to support you, you can run with debugging patches of your own
> > > > > until you fix your firmware :)
> > > > >
> > > > Understood. But I think other vendor or developer may face the same
> > > > issue in final product shipment or during development. Moreover, the
> > > > interface provide the flexibility for developer to separately
> > > > disable/enable u1 or u2, e.g. If they're debugging an u2 issue, they
> > > > can disable u1 to simplify the situtation.
> > >
> > > For debugging only, perhaps, but for a "normal" user, please let's
> > > handle this automatically and don't create a switch that never gets used
> > > by anyone or anything.
> > >
> > Thanks Greg. Since so far the patch has no interesting value to the
> > community, I'll drop the patch.
> I didn't say that, I said it needed some more work to be accepted.
Sorry for misunderstanding. Let me explain more why we need this interface.
We have a modem USB3 device (in stepping C) hardwired to one specific port of xHCI.
The device was expected to work with u1 u2, however, due to a HW issue, it doesn't
work stably. To workaround the issue, we let the init.rc script disable u1 u2 for
this specific port.
Then maybe we want to start debug u1 issue first, to avoid hitting u2 issue,
we can disable u2. After u1 issue is resolved, we can enable back u2 to continue to
debug u2 issue. This provides the flexibility to isolate u1 u2 debugging.
This is valuable I think :)
The HW issue will be fixed in stepping D, however C and D will have the same PID/VID.
There's no way for kernel to know the difference between C and D.
Even after fixing in D, C will still be used for development (to save money..)
If somehow finally we decide to ship stepping C (suppose HW issue can't be fixed in D in time),
we'll have to disable both u1 and u2.
If we fix only u1 issue, we can just disable u2, etc..
To summarize, it provide users an opptunity to change the u1 u2 policy to
debug and ship broken products.
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