Re: [PATCH] More i8042-reset quirks for MSI Wind-clone netbooks

From: Li, Yan I
Date: Fri Jun 19 2009 - 03:17:25 EST

On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 11:42:50PM +0800, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 08:08:09AM +0800, Li, Yan wrote:
> > That's true. But we are not sure how many regressions we'll meet and
> > whether the efforts devoted to handle them is worthy. (How to handle
> > regressions? Perhaps, ironically, we'll need another 'whitelist' for
> > them!)
> If we hit regressions then it's the wrong fix and would have to be
> reverted.

Still, I don't think we have enough reason to enable multi-reset of
i8042 for all machines: the old code (sane and following specs) has
been working well since long ago for most machines, and not until
recently we have seen special cases, no more than half a dozen
machines that needs special treating. These few glitches can't
justify a global move.

Without a good reason, your move (try and revert if hit regressions)
seems to be the trial-and-error approach, and not very good for the
stable release (though perfectly safe for some testing branches).

> Better a small blacklist than a large whitelist (though, in
> the general case, the presence of either is an indication of a bug)

We have no way to know which one is smaller one, the current list is
very small (5 entries). I'll change my mind if this
i8042_dmi_reset_table[] keeps growing.

The presence of {black,white}list (or more generally, quirks) is the
software reflection of the complexity of the world, not necessarily a
bug. They are popular (if not ubiquitous) among the kernel.

> > Does this matter? Does whether Windows fail or not affect our
> > decision here? (Worse that I have no "stock Windows XP" for
> > testing. All I have are those companion Windows Recovery CDs that
> > include all drivers).
> Yes. If Windows works without hardware specific drivers then there's a
> flaw in our i8042 setup code that's affecting an unknown number of
> machines, and adding more entries to a static table tells us nothing
> about what proportion of those machines are now fixed - it just tells us
> that we've worked around the issue for the ones that Intel happen to be
> testing.

Not necessarily if we had followed the spec (I'm not sure of this) of
using i8042.

Hope someone can help us do this test. I have already found loads of
touchpad drivers on net so I guess Windows can't drive a touchpad
until a driver is installed. Pure guess.

Best regards,
Li, Yan

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