Re: [PATCH] clocksource: arm_arch_timer: Support reading clock rate from a driver

From: Marc Zyngier
Date: Fri Jul 29 2016 - 06:32:06 EST

On 29/07/16 11:18, Mark Rutland wrote:
> [adding Marc to Cc]
> On Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:23:11AM +0200, RafaÅ MiÅecki wrote:
>> From: RafaÅ MiÅecki <rafal@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> On some devices using arch code for reading clock rate doesn't work. So
>> far the only option was to specify clock-frequency in a DT. This works
>> only if a clock frequency doesn't have to be calculated on runtime.
>> On BCM53573 SoC (with Cortex-A7) there is ILP clock that needs its own
>> driver. With this change we can query such clocks by using a standard:
>> clocks = <&foo>;
> The clock for the architected timer(s) are supposed to be configured
> before entering Linux. The clock-frequency property is at best a dodgy
> workaround, and this is even worse.
> Please fix your firmware to configure and enabled this clock before
> entering Linux, and to program CNTFRQ appropriately.

I'll add that failure to do so breaks other subsystems which do rely on
CNTFRQ to be correctly programmed *on each CPU* (like KVM and Xen).

Please follow the requirements of the architecture and don't just paper
over such a bug.

> As this path stands, NAK.


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