[Linux-kernel-mentees] [RFC PATCH 00/35] Move all PCIBIOS* definitions into arch/x86

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Wed Jul 15 22:49:21 UTC 2020

On Wed, 2020-07-15 at 17:12 -0500, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:
> > I've 'played' with PCIe error handling - without much success.
> > What might be useful is for a driver that has just read ~0u to
> > be able to ask 'has there been an error signalled for this device?'.
> In many cases a driver will know that ~0 is not a valid value for the
> register it's reading.  But if ~0 *could* be valid, an interface like
> you suggest could be useful.  I don't think we have anything like that
> today, but maybe we could.  It would certainly be nice if the PCI core
> noticed, logged, and cleared errors.  We have some of that for AER,
> but that's an optional feature, and support for the error bits in the
> garden-variety PCI_STATUS register is pretty haphazard.  As you note
> below, this sort of SERR/PERR reporting is frequently hard-wired in
> ways that takes it out of our purview.

We do have pci_channel_state (via pci_channel_offline()) which covers
the cases where the underlying error handling (such as EEH or unplug)
results in the device being offlined though this tend to be
asynchronous so it might take a few ~0's before you get it.

It's typically used to break potentially infinite loops in some

There is no interface to check whether *an* error happened though for
the most cases it will be captured in the status register, which is
harvested (and cleared ?) by some EDAC drivers iirc... 

All this lacks coordination, I agree.


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