On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 01:38:00PM -0700, Babu Moger wrote:
> During our testing we noticed that nmi watchdogs in sparc could not be 
> disabled or
> enabled dynamically using sysctl/proc interface. Sparc uses its own arch 
> specific
> nmi watchdogs. There is a sysctl and proc 
> interface(proc/sys/kernel/nmi_watchdog)
> to enable/disable nmi watchdogs. However, that is not working for sparc. There
> is no interface to feed this parameter to arch specific nmi watchdogs.
> These patches extend the same sysctl/proc interface to enable or disable
> these arch specific nmi watchdogs dynamically. Introduced new functions
> arch_watchdog_nmi_enable and arch_watchdog_nmi_disable which can be 
> implemented
> in arch specific handlers.
> If you think there is a better way to do this. Please advice.
> Tested on sparc. Compile tested on x86.

Thanks Babu!  Looking through the code it seems appropriate with what I
suggested.  I am running it through my testsuite and things are failing.
But it is most likely my system is misconfigured.  Give me another day or so
to straighten that out.


> v2:
>   a)Sam Ravnborg's comments about making the definitions visible.
>   With the new approach we dont need those definitions((NMI_WATCHDOG_ENABLED,
>   SOFT_WATCHDOG_ENABLED etc..) outside watchdog.c. So no action.
>   b) Made changes per Don Zickus comments.
>   Don, I could not use your patches as is. Reason is sparc does not define
>   CONFIG_HARDLOCKUP_DETECTOR. So, defining default __weak function did not
>   work for me. However, I have used your idea to define __weak functions
>   arch_watchdog_nmi_enable and arch_watchdog_nmi_disable when 
>   is not defined. I feel this should have very less impact on the races you 
> are
>   concerned about. Please take a look. Feel free to suggest.
>   Patch2 changes: I had to introduce new variable nmi_init_done to synchronize
>   watchdog thread and kernel init thread.
> v1:
>  Initial version. Discussion thread here
>  http://www.mail-archive.com/linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org/msg1245427.html
> Babu Moger (2):
>   watchdog: Introduce arch_watchdog_nmi_enable and
>     arch_watchdog_nmi_disable
>   sparc: Implement arch_watchdog_nmi_enable and
>     arch_watchdog_nmi_disable
>  arch/sparc/kernel/nmi.c |   41 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
>  kernel/watchdog.c       |   65 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------------
>  2 files changed, 84 insertions(+), 22 deletions(-)

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