Re: [PATCH 01/44] kernel: Add support for poweroff handler call chain

From: Frans Klaver
Date: Thu Jun 18 2015 - 02:53:55 EST

On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 3:04 AM, Stephen Boyd <sboyd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 10/06/2014 10:28 PM, Guenter Roeck wrote:
>> Various drivers implement architecture and/or device specific means to
>> remove power from the system. For the most part, those drivers set the
>> global variable pm_power_off to point to a function within the driver.
>> This mechanism has a number of drawbacks. Typically only one scheme
>> to remove power is supported (at least if pm_power_off is used).
>> At least in theory there can be multiple means remove power, some of
>> which may be less desirable. For example, some mechanisms may only
>> power off the CPU or the CPU card, while another may power off the
>> entire system. Others may really just execute a restart sequence
>> or drop into the ROM monitor. Using pm_power_off can also be racy
>> if the function pointer is set from a driver built as module, as the
>> driver may be in the process of being unloaded when pm_power_off is
>> called. If there are multiple poweroff handlers in the system, removing
>> a module with such a handler may inadvertently reset the pointer to
>> pm_power_off to NULL, leaving the system with no means to remove power.
>> Introduce a system poweroff handler call chain to solve the described
>> problems. This call chain is expected to be executed from the
>> architecture specific machine_power_off() function. Drivers providing
>> system poweroff functionality are expected to register with this call chain.
>> By using the priority field in the notifier block, callers can control
>> poweroff handler execution sequence and thus ensure that the poweroff
>> handler with the optimal capabilities to remove power for a given system
>> is called first.
> What happened to this series? I want to add shutdown support to my
> platform and I need to write a register on the PMIC in one driver to
> configure it for shutdown instead of restart and then write an MMIO
> register to tell the PMIC to actually do the shutdown in another driver.
> It seems that the notifier solves this case for me, albeit with the
> slight complication that I need to order the two with some priority.

I was wondering the same thing. I did find out that things kind of
stalled after Linus cast doubt on the chosen path [1]. I'm not sure
there's any consensus on what would be best to do instead.


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