Re: [ath9k-devel] [PATCH v2 0/7] ath9k: EEPROM swapping improvements

2016-12-17 Thread Martin Blumenstingl
Hi Adrian,

On Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 7:45 AM, Adrian Chadd  wrote:
> hi,
>
> On 12 December 2016 at 12:05, Martin Blumenstingl
>  wrote:
>
>>
>> It seems that there are a few devices out there where the whole EEPROM
>> is swab16'ed which switches the position of the 1-byte fields
>> opCapFlags and eepMisc.
>> those still work fine with the new code, however I had a second patch
>> in LEDE [0] which results in ath9k_platform_data.endian_check NOT
>> being set anymore.
>> that endian_check flag was used before to swab16 the whole EEPROM, to
>> correct the position of the 1-byte fields again.
>> Currently we are fixing this in the firmware hotplug script: [1]
>> This is definitely not a blocker for this series though (if we want to
>> have a devicetree replacement for "ath9k_platform_data.endian_check"
>> then I'd work on that within a separate series, but I somewhat
>> consider these EEPROMs as "broken" so fixing them in
>> userspace/firmware hotplug script is fine for me)
>
> As a reference - the reference driver has been doign this for a while.
> It attempts to detect the endianness by looking at the 0xa55a
> signature endian and figuring out which endian the actual contents are
> in.
>
> So just FYI yeah, this is a "thing" for reasons I don't quite know.
on all devices I have seen so far (all customer devices, no
development boards) these two magic bytes *can* be used to detect the
endianness of the data that is written to the PCI memory (and thus
whether swapping of that data is required or not).
however, there are many devices (roughly 50% of the ones I've seen)
where the magic bytes cannot be used to swap the actual EEPROM (=
calibration) data because they are "inverted". reading the eepMisc
byte works fine on all devices I've seen so far *if* the manufacturer
did not swab16 all data (PCI memory and EEPROM data).

on the other hand you are right: all four devices which were broken
had the correct magic bytes at the start, but as long as this is not
the case for all devices we cannot use it without some feature-flag.

as an (unrelated) side-note: I've also some EEPROMs where the length
matches neither the "magic bytes endianness" nor the "eepMisc
endianness". I consider these broken as well, but fortunately ath9k
has a fallback for this issue.


Regards,
Martin
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Re: [ath9k-devel] [PATCH v2 0/7] ath9k: EEPROM swapping improvements

2016-12-13 Thread Adrian Chadd
hi,

On 12 December 2016 at 12:05, Martin Blumenstingl
 wrote:

>
> It seems that there are a few devices out there where the whole EEPROM
> is swab16'ed which switches the position of the 1-byte fields
> opCapFlags and eepMisc.
> those still work fine with the new code, however I had a second patch
> in LEDE [0] which results in ath9k_platform_data.endian_check NOT
> being set anymore.
> that endian_check flag was used before to swab16 the whole EEPROM, to
> correct the position of the 1-byte fields again.
> Currently we are fixing this in the firmware hotplug script: [1]
> This is definitely not a blocker for this series though (if we want to
> have a devicetree replacement for "ath9k_platform_data.endian_check"
> then I'd work on that within a separate series, but I somewhat
> consider these EEPROMs as "broken" so fixing them in
> userspace/firmware hotplug script is fine for me)

As a reference - the reference driver has been doign this for a while.
It attempts to detect the endianness by looking at the 0xa55a
signature endian and figuring out which endian the actual contents are
in.

So just FYI yeah, this is a "thing" for reasons I don't quite know.



-adrian

>
>
> Regards,
> Martin
>
>
> [0] 
> https://git.lede-project.org/?p=source.git;a=commitdiff;h=a20616863d32d91163043b6657a63c836bd9c5ba
> [1] 
> https://git.lede-project.org/?p=source.git;a=commitdiff;h=afa37092663d00aa0abf8c61943d9a1b5558b144
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Re: [ath9k-devel] [PATCH v2 0/7] ath9k: EEPROM swapping improvements

2016-12-13 Thread Valo, Kalle
Martin Blumenstingl  writes:

> Hello Kalle,
>
> On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM, Valo, Kalle  wrote:
>> Kalle Valo  writes:
>>
>>> Martin Blumenstingl  writes:
>>>
 There are two types of swapping the EEPROM data in the ath9k driver.
 Before this series one type of swapping could not be used without the
 other.

 The first type of swapping looks at the "magic bytes" at the start of
 the EEPROM data and performs swab16 on the EEPROM contents if needed.
 The second type of swapping is EEPROM format specific and swaps
 specific fields within the EEPROM itself (swab16, swab32 - depends on
 the EEPROM format).

 With this series the second part now looks at the EEPMISC register
 inside the EEPROM, which uses a bit to indicate if the EEPROM data
 is Big Endian (this is also done by the FreeBSD kernel).
 This has a nice advantage: currently there are some out-of-tree hacks
 (in OpenWrt and LEDE) where the EEPROM has a Big Endian header on a
 Big Endian system (= no swab16 is performed) but the EEPROM itself
 indicates that it's data is Little Endian. Until now the out-of-tree
 code simply did a swab16 before passing the data to ath9k, so ath9k
 first did the swab16 - this also enabled the format specific swapping.
 These out-of-tree hacks are still working with the new logic, but it
 is recommended to remove them. This implementation is based on a
 discussion with Arnd Bergmann who raised concerns about the
 robustness and portability of the swapping logic in the original OF
 support patch review, see [0].

 After a second round of patches (= v1 of this series) neither Arnd
 Bergmann nor I were really happy with the complexity of the EEPROM
 swapping logic. Based on a discussion (see [1] and [2]) we decided
 that ath9k should use a defined format (specifying the endianness
 of the data - I went with __le16 and __le32) when accessing the
 EEPROM fields. A benefit of this is that we enable the EEPMISC based
 swapping logic by default, just like the FreeBSD driver, see [3]. On
 the devices which I have tested (see below) ath9k now works without
 having to specify the "endian_check" field in ath9k_platform_data (or
 a similar logic which could provide this via devicetree) as ath9k now
 detects the endianness automatically. Only EEPROMs which are mangled
 by some out-of-tree code still need the endian_check flag (or one can
 simply remove that mangling from the out-of-tree code).

 Testing:
 - tested by myself on AR9287 with Big Endian EEPROM
 - tested by myself on AR9227 with Little Endian EEPROM
 - tested by myself on AR9381 (using the ar9003_eeprom implementation,
   which did not suffer from this whole problem)
 - how do we proceed with testing? maybe we could keep this in a
   feature-branch and add these patches to LEDE once we have an ACK to
   get more people to test this

 This series depends on my other series (v7):
 "add devicetree support to ath9k" - see [4]
>>>
>>> I think this looks pretty good. If there's a bug somewhere it should be
>>> quite easy to fix so I'm not that worried and would be willing to take
>>> these as soon as I have applied the dependency series. IIRC your
>>> devicetree patches will have at least one more review round so that will
>>> take some time still. In the meantime it would be great if LEDE folks
>>> could take a look at these and comment (or test).
>>
>> So are everyone happy with this? I haven't seen any comments. If I don't
>> here anything I'm planning to take these, most likely for 4.11.
>
> the patches have been in LEDE for almost two weeks now and I did not
> see any reports of ath9k breakage (footnote below).
>
> It seems that there are a few devices out there where the whole EEPROM
> is swab16'ed which switches the position of the 1-byte fields
> opCapFlags and eepMisc.
> those still work fine with the new code, however I had a second patch
> in LEDE [0] which results in ath9k_platform_data.endian_check NOT
> being set anymore.
> that endian_check flag was used before to swab16 the whole EEPROM, to
> correct the position of the 1-byte fields again.
> Currently we are fixing this in the firmware hotplug script: [1]
> This is definitely not a blocker for this series though (if we want to
> have a devicetree replacement for "ath9k_platform_data.endian_check"
> then I'd work on that within a separate series, but I somewhat
> consider these EEPROMs as "broken" so fixing them in
> userspace/firmware hotplug script is fine for me)

Sounds good to me, thanks for the thorough followup. I'm planning to
apply these any day.

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Re: [ath9k-devel] [PATCH v2 0/7] ath9k: EEPROM swapping improvements

2016-12-12 Thread Martin Blumenstingl
Hello Kalle,

On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM, Valo, Kalle  wrote:
> Kalle Valo  writes:
>
>> Martin Blumenstingl  writes:
>>
>>> There are two types of swapping the EEPROM data in the ath9k driver.
>>> Before this series one type of swapping could not be used without the
>>> other.
>>>
>>> The first type of swapping looks at the "magic bytes" at the start of
>>> the EEPROM data and performs swab16 on the EEPROM contents if needed.
>>> The second type of swapping is EEPROM format specific and swaps
>>> specific fields within the EEPROM itself (swab16, swab32 - depends on
>>> the EEPROM format).
>>>
>>> With this series the second part now looks at the EEPMISC register
>>> inside the EEPROM, which uses a bit to indicate if the EEPROM data
>>> is Big Endian (this is also done by the FreeBSD kernel).
>>> This has a nice advantage: currently there are some out-of-tree hacks
>>> (in OpenWrt and LEDE) where the EEPROM has a Big Endian header on a
>>> Big Endian system (= no swab16 is performed) but the EEPROM itself
>>> indicates that it's data is Little Endian. Until now the out-of-tree
>>> code simply did a swab16 before passing the data to ath9k, so ath9k
>>> first did the swab16 - this also enabled the format specific swapping.
>>> These out-of-tree hacks are still working with the new logic, but it
>>> is recommended to remove them. This implementation is based on a
>>> discussion with Arnd Bergmann who raised concerns about the
>>> robustness and portability of the swapping logic in the original OF
>>> support patch review, see [0].
>>>
>>> After a second round of patches (= v1 of this series) neither Arnd
>>> Bergmann nor I were really happy with the complexity of the EEPROM
>>> swapping logic. Based on a discussion (see [1] and [2]) we decided
>>> that ath9k should use a defined format (specifying the endianness
>>> of the data - I went with __le16 and __le32) when accessing the
>>> EEPROM fields. A benefit of this is that we enable the EEPMISC based
>>> swapping logic by default, just like the FreeBSD driver, see [3]. On
>>> the devices which I have tested (see below) ath9k now works without
>>> having to specify the "endian_check" field in ath9k_platform_data (or
>>> a similar logic which could provide this via devicetree) as ath9k now
>>> detects the endianness automatically. Only EEPROMs which are mangled
>>> by some out-of-tree code still need the endian_check flag (or one can
>>> simply remove that mangling from the out-of-tree code).
>>>
>>> Testing:
>>> - tested by myself on AR9287 with Big Endian EEPROM
>>> - tested by myself on AR9227 with Little Endian EEPROM
>>> - tested by myself on AR9381 (using the ar9003_eeprom implementation,
>>>   which did not suffer from this whole problem)
>>> - how do we proceed with testing? maybe we could keep this in a
>>>   feature-branch and add these patches to LEDE once we have an ACK to
>>>   get more people to test this
>>>
>>> This series depends on my other series (v7):
>>> "add devicetree support to ath9k" - see [4]
>>
>> I think this looks pretty good. If there's a bug somewhere it should be
>> quite easy to fix so I'm not that worried and would be willing to take
>> these as soon as I have applied the dependency series. IIRC your
>> devicetree patches will have at least one more review round so that will
>> take some time still. In the meantime it would be great if LEDE folks
>> could take a look at these and comment (or test).
>
> So are everyone happy with this? I haven't seen any comments. If I don't
> here anything I'm planning to take these, most likely for 4.11.
the patches have been in LEDE for almost two weeks now and I did not
see any reports of ath9k breakage (footnote below).

It seems that there are a few devices out there where the whole EEPROM
is swab16'ed which switches the position of the 1-byte fields
opCapFlags and eepMisc.
those still work fine with the new code, however I had a second patch
in LEDE [0] which results in ath9k_platform_data.endian_check NOT
being set anymore.
that endian_check flag was used before to swab16 the whole EEPROM, to
correct the position of the 1-byte fields again.
Currently we are fixing this in the firmware hotplug script: [1]
This is definitely not a blocker for this series though (if we want to
have a devicetree replacement for "ath9k_platform_data.endian_check"
then I'd work on that within a separate series, but I somewhat
consider these EEPROMs as "broken" so fixing them in
userspace/firmware hotplug script is fine for me)


Regards,
Martin


[0] 
https://git.lede-project.org/?p=source.git;a=commitdiff;h=a20616863d32d91163043b6657a63c836bd9c5ba
[1] 
https://git.lede-project.org/?p=source.git;a=commitdiff;h=afa37092663d00aa0abf8c61943d9a1b5558b144
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Re: [ath9k-devel] [PATCH v2 0/7] ath9k: EEPROM swapping improvements

2016-11-25 Thread Martin Blumenstingl
On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM, Valo, Kalle  wrote:
> Kalle Valo  writes:
>
>> Martin Blumenstingl  writes:
>>
>>> There are two types of swapping the EEPROM data in the ath9k driver.
>>> Before this series one type of swapping could not be used without the
>>> other.
>>>
>>> The first type of swapping looks at the "magic bytes" at the start of
>>> the EEPROM data and performs swab16 on the EEPROM contents if needed.
>>> The second type of swapping is EEPROM format specific and swaps
>>> specific fields within the EEPROM itself (swab16, swab32 - depends on
>>> the EEPROM format).
>>>
>>> With this series the second part now looks at the EEPMISC register
>>> inside the EEPROM, which uses a bit to indicate if the EEPROM data
>>> is Big Endian (this is also done by the FreeBSD kernel).
>>> This has a nice advantage: currently there are some out-of-tree hacks
>>> (in OpenWrt and LEDE) where the EEPROM has a Big Endian header on a
>>> Big Endian system (= no swab16 is performed) but the EEPROM itself
>>> indicates that it's data is Little Endian. Until now the out-of-tree
>>> code simply did a swab16 before passing the data to ath9k, so ath9k
>>> first did the swab16 - this also enabled the format specific swapping.
>>> These out-of-tree hacks are still working with the new logic, but it
>>> is recommended to remove them. This implementation is based on a
>>> discussion with Arnd Bergmann who raised concerns about the
>>> robustness and portability of the swapping logic in the original OF
>>> support patch review, see [0].
>>>
>>> After a second round of patches (= v1 of this series) neither Arnd
>>> Bergmann nor I were really happy with the complexity of the EEPROM
>>> swapping logic. Based on a discussion (see [1] and [2]) we decided
>>> that ath9k should use a defined format (specifying the endianness
>>> of the data - I went with __le16 and __le32) when accessing the
>>> EEPROM fields. A benefit of this is that we enable the EEPMISC based
>>> swapping logic by default, just like the FreeBSD driver, see [3]. On
>>> the devices which I have tested (see below) ath9k now works without
>>> having to specify the "endian_check" field in ath9k_platform_data (or
>>> a similar logic which could provide this via devicetree) as ath9k now
>>> detects the endianness automatically. Only EEPROMs which are mangled
>>> by some out-of-tree code still need the endian_check flag (or one can
>>> simply remove that mangling from the out-of-tree code).
>>>
>>> Testing:
>>> - tested by myself on AR9287 with Big Endian EEPROM
>>> - tested by myself on AR9227 with Little Endian EEPROM
>>> - tested by myself on AR9381 (using the ar9003_eeprom implementation,
>>>   which did not suffer from this whole problem)
>>> - how do we proceed with testing? maybe we could keep this in a
>>>   feature-branch and add these patches to LEDE once we have an ACK to
>>>   get more people to test this
>>>
>>> This series depends on my other series (v7):
>>> "add devicetree support to ath9k" - see [4]
>>
>> I think this looks pretty good. If there's a bug somewhere it should be
>> quite easy to fix so I'm not that worried and would be willing to take
>> these as soon as I have applied the dependency series. IIRC your
>> devicetree patches will have at least one more review round so that will
>> take some time still. In the meantime it would be great if LEDE folks
>> could take a look at these and comment (or test).
>
> So are everyone happy with this? I haven't seen any comments. If I don't
> here anything I'm planning to take these, most likely for 4.11.
after being busy due to  I'm
currently trying to get the patches into LEDE: [0] (so far there are
no major objections)
once we get this into LEDE we'll see pretty soon if there are any
problems or not -> 4.11 sounds good to me!


Regards,
Martin


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Re: [ath9k-devel] [PATCH v2 0/7] ath9k: EEPROM swapping improvements

2016-11-25 Thread Valo, Kalle
Kalle Valo  writes:

> Martin Blumenstingl  writes:
>
>> There are two types of swapping the EEPROM data in the ath9k driver.
>> Before this series one type of swapping could not be used without the
>> other.
>>
>> The first type of swapping looks at the "magic bytes" at the start of
>> the EEPROM data and performs swab16 on the EEPROM contents if needed.
>> The second type of swapping is EEPROM format specific and swaps
>> specific fields within the EEPROM itself (swab16, swab32 - depends on
>> the EEPROM format).
>>
>> With this series the second part now looks at the EEPMISC register
>> inside the EEPROM, which uses a bit to indicate if the EEPROM data
>> is Big Endian (this is also done by the FreeBSD kernel).
>> This has a nice advantage: currently there are some out-of-tree hacks
>> (in OpenWrt and LEDE) where the EEPROM has a Big Endian header on a
>> Big Endian system (= no swab16 is performed) but the EEPROM itself
>> indicates that it's data is Little Endian. Until now the out-of-tree
>> code simply did a swab16 before passing the data to ath9k, so ath9k
>> first did the swab16 - this also enabled the format specific swapping.
>> These out-of-tree hacks are still working with the new logic, but it
>> is recommended to remove them. This implementation is based on a
>> discussion with Arnd Bergmann who raised concerns about the
>> robustness and portability of the swapping logic in the original OF
>> support patch review, see [0].
>>
>> After a second round of patches (= v1 of this series) neither Arnd
>> Bergmann nor I were really happy with the complexity of the EEPROM
>> swapping logic. Based on a discussion (see [1] and [2]) we decided
>> that ath9k should use a defined format (specifying the endianness
>> of the data - I went with __le16 and __le32) when accessing the
>> EEPROM fields. A benefit of this is that we enable the EEPMISC based
>> swapping logic by default, just like the FreeBSD driver, see [3]. On
>> the devices which I have tested (see below) ath9k now works without
>> having to specify the "endian_check" field in ath9k_platform_data (or
>> a similar logic which could provide this via devicetree) as ath9k now
>> detects the endianness automatically. Only EEPROMs which are mangled
>> by some out-of-tree code still need the endian_check flag (or one can
>> simply remove that mangling from the out-of-tree code).
>>
>> Testing:
>> - tested by myself on AR9287 with Big Endian EEPROM
>> - tested by myself on AR9227 with Little Endian EEPROM
>> - tested by myself on AR9381 (using the ar9003_eeprom implementation,
>>   which did not suffer from this whole problem)
>> - how do we proceed with testing? maybe we could keep this in a
>>   feature-branch and add these patches to LEDE once we have an ACK to
>>   get more people to test this
>>
>> This series depends on my other series (v7):
>> "add devicetree support to ath9k" - see [4]
>
> I think this looks pretty good. If there's a bug somewhere it should be
> quite easy to fix so I'm not that worried and would be willing to take
> these as soon as I have applied the dependency series. IIRC your
> devicetree patches will have at least one more review round so that will
> take some time still. In the meantime it would be great if LEDE folks
> could take a look at these and comment (or test).

So are everyone happy with this? I haven't seen any comments. If I don't
here anything I'm planning to take these, most likely for 4.11.

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Re: [ath9k-devel] [PATCH v2 0/7] ath9k: EEPROM swapping improvements

2016-10-12 Thread Kalle Valo
Martin Blumenstingl  writes:

> There are two types of swapping the EEPROM data in the ath9k driver.
> Before this series one type of swapping could not be used without the
> other.
>
> The first type of swapping looks at the "magic bytes" at the start of
> the EEPROM data and performs swab16 on the EEPROM contents if needed.
> The second type of swapping is EEPROM format specific and swaps
> specific fields within the EEPROM itself (swab16, swab32 - depends on
> the EEPROM format).
>
> With this series the second part now looks at the EEPMISC register
> inside the EEPROM, which uses a bit to indicate if the EEPROM data
> is Big Endian (this is also done by the FreeBSD kernel).
> This has a nice advantage: currently there are some out-of-tree hacks
> (in OpenWrt and LEDE) where the EEPROM has a Big Endian header on a
> Big Endian system (= no swab16 is performed) but the EEPROM itself
> indicates that it's data is Little Endian. Until now the out-of-tree
> code simply did a swab16 before passing the data to ath9k, so ath9k
> first did the swab16 - this also enabled the format specific swapping.
> These out-of-tree hacks are still working with the new logic, but it
> is recommended to remove them. This implementation is based on a
> discussion with Arnd Bergmann who raised concerns about the
> robustness and portability of the swapping logic in the original OF
> support patch review, see [0].
>
> After a second round of patches (= v1 of this series) neither Arnd
> Bergmann nor I were really happy with the complexity of the EEPROM
> swapping logic. Based on a discussion (see [1] and [2]) we decided
> that ath9k should use a defined format (specifying the endianness
> of the data - I went with __le16 and __le32) when accessing the
> EEPROM fields. A benefit of this is that we enable the EEPMISC based
> swapping logic by default, just like the FreeBSD driver, see [3]. On
> the devices which I have tested (see below) ath9k now works without
> having to specify the "endian_check" field in ath9k_platform_data (or
> a similar logic which could provide this via devicetree) as ath9k now
> detects the endianness automatically. Only EEPROMs which are mangled
> by some out-of-tree code still need the endian_check flag (or one can
> simply remove that mangling from the out-of-tree code).
>
> Testing:
> - tested by myself on AR9287 with Big Endian EEPROM
> - tested by myself on AR9227 with Little Endian EEPROM
> - tested by myself on AR9381 (using the ar9003_eeprom implementation,
>   which did not suffer from this whole problem)
> - how do we proceed with testing? maybe we could keep this in a
>   feature-branch and add these patches to LEDE once we have an ACK to
>   get more people to test this
>
> This series depends on my other series (v7):
> "add devicetree support to ath9k" - see [4]

I think this looks pretty good. If there's a bug somewhere it should be
quite easy to fix so I'm not that worried and would be willing to take
these as soon as I have applied the dependency series. IIRC your
devicetree patches will have at least one more review round so that will
take some time still. In the meantime it would be great if LEDE folks
could take a look at these and comment (or test).

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