Re: [PATCH 4/4] MIPS: bmips: Convert bcm63xx_wdt to use WATCHDOG_CORE

From: Simon Arlott
Date: Sat Nov 21 2015 - 16:44:54 EST

On 21/11/15 21:32, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> On 11/21/2015 11:05 AM, Simon Arlott wrote:
>> Convert bcm63xx_wdt to use WATCHDOG_CORE and add a device tree binding.
>> Adds support for the time left value and provides a more effective
>> interrupt handler based on the watchdog warning interrupt behaviour.
>> This removes the unnecessary software countdown timer and replaces the
>> use of bcm63xx_timer with a normal interrupt when not using mach-bcm63xx.
> Hi Simon,
> this is really doing a bit too much in a single patch.
> Conversion to the watchdog infrastructure should probably be
> the first step, followed by further optimizations and improvements.

I'll split it into two patches, but that won't remove the need for #ifdefs.

> In general, it would be great if we can avoid #ifdef in the code.
> Maybe there is some other means to determine if one code path
> needs to be taken or another. The driver may be part of a
> multi-platform image, and #ifdefs in the code make that all
> but impossible. Besides, it makes the code really hard to read
> and understand.

It's impossible to avoid the #ifdefs because the driver needs to support
mach-bmips while still supporting mach-bcm63xx. I don't think they make
it too difficult to understand. Until there are device tree supporting
drivers for everything mach-bcm63xx needs, it can't be removed.

> We have some infrastructure changes in the works which will move
> the need for soft-timers from individual drivers into the watchdog core.
> Would this possibly be helpful here ? The timer-driven watchdog ping
> seems to accomplish pretty much the same.

There is no need for a software timer. This is not a timer-driven
watchdog ping, there is an unmaskable timer interrupt when the watchdog
timer has less than 50% remaining.

Simon Arlott
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