Re: Linux 5.15-rc1

From: Bjorn Helgaas
Date: Mon Sep 13 2021 - 16:09:47 EST

On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 12:51:30PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM Heiner Kallweit <hkallweit1@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > With an older kernel you may experience the stall when accessing the vpd
> > attribute of this device in sysfs.
> Honestly, that old behavior seems to be the *much* better behavior.
> A synchronous stall at boot time is truly annoying, and a pain to deal
> with (and debug).
> That pci_vpd_read() function is clearly NOT designed to deal with
> boot-time callers in the first place, so I think that commit is simply
> wrong.
> And yes, I see that "128ms timeout". If it was _one_ timeout, that
> would be one thing,. But it looks like it's repeated over and over.
> Not acceptable at boot time. Not at all.
> Bjorn. Please revert. Or I can do it.

Sorry about this.

Dave said it wasn't a trivial revert, but I'll be happy to work with
Heiner and Dave to revert and test it.

I agree that we shouldn't read VPD at boot-time unless we actually
need the data then.