Re: [PATCH] powerpc/time: use feature fixup in __USE_RTC() instead of cpu feature.

From: Michael Ellerman
Date: Mon Aug 26 2019 - 22:13:55 EST

Christophe Leroy <christophe.leroy@xxxxxx> writes:
> Le 26/08/2019 Ã 13:41, Michael Ellerman a ÃcritÂ:
>> Christophe Leroy <christophe.leroy@xxxxxx> writes:
>>> sched_clock(), used by printk(), calls __USE_RTC() to know
>>> whether to use realtime clock or timebase.
>>> __USE_RTC() uses cpu_has_feature() which is initialised by
>>> machine_init(). Before machine_init(), __USE_RTC() returns true,
>>> leading to a program check exception on CPUs not having realtime
>>> clock.
>>> In order to be able to use printk() earlier, use feature fixup.
>>> Feature fixups are applies in early_init(), enabling the use of
>>> printk() earlier.
>>> Signed-off-by: Christophe Leroy <christophe.leroy@xxxxxx>
>>> ---
>>> arch/powerpc/include/asm/time.h | 9 ++++++++-
>>> 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>> The other option would be just to make this a compile time decision, eg.
>> add CONFIG_PPC_601 and use that to gate whether we use RTC.
> Euh ... yes OK, why not. And that would help simplify many places in the
> code. I can propose something in that direction, but it will be a bigger
> change.


>> Given how many 601 users there are, maybe 1?, I think that would be a
>> simpler option and avoids complicating the code / binary for everyone
>> else.
> However this patch doesn't complicate things more than it was with
> cpu_has_feature() which does exactly the same but using static keys,
> does it ?

It's more complicated in that it's not using cpu_has_feature() it's
doing some custom thing that is not used anywhere else. But yeah I guess
it's not much extra complication.