Re: [PATCH] scsi:NCR5380: remove same check condition in NCR5380_select

From: Michael Schmitz
Date: Fri Aug 03 2018 - 00:19:39 EST

Hi Finn,

Am 03.08.2018 um 14:56 schrieb Finn Thain:
On Thu, 2 Aug 2018, Michael Schmitz wrote:

This redundant load of the ICR has been in the driver code for a long
time. There's a small chance it is intentional,

Actually, it is intentional.

I had a hunch it might be ...

so at least minimal testing might be in order.

Minimal testing is almost useless if you are trying to prove the absence
of race conditions. SCSI arbitration is a race between targets by design;
so a race between the CPU and the 5380 is going to be hard to observe.

Agreed - I was clearly being too subtle.

Finn - does the ICR_ARBITRATION_LOST bit have to be cleared by a write
to the mode register?

Something like that: the write to the mode register does clear the
ICR_ARBITRATION_LOST bit, because it clears the MR_ARBITRATE bit.

Yes, but is that the only way the bit can get cleared? Or could the first read see the bit set, and the second read (after checking the bus data pattern for a higher arbitrating ID) see it cleared? I.e., is that bit latched, or does it just reflect current bus status (same as the data register)? (I haven't got the datasheet in front of me, so I'm guessing here.)

In that case, the first load would have been redundant and can be
omitted without changing driver behaviour?

This code is a faithful rendition of the arbitration flow chart in the
datasheet, so even if you are right, I wouldn't want to change the code.

I think that's a pretty clear hint that the 'arbitration lost' condition isn't latched. Anyway, we have no hope to demonstrate by testing that this patch (or my suggested alternative) does not change driver behaviour. No choice but to leave this as-is.