On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 11:50 AM, Linda Knippers <linda.knippers(a)hpe.com> wrote:
On 7/19/2016 1:11 PM, Jerry Hoemann wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:44:25AM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
>> QEMU 2.6 implements nascent support for nvdimm DSMs. Depending on
>> configuration it may only implement the function0 dsm to indicate that
>> no other DSMs are available. Commit 31eca76ba2fc "nfit, libnvdimm:
>> limited/whitelisted dimm command marshaling mechanism" breaks QEMU, but
>> QEMU is spec compliant. Per the spec the way to indicate that no
>> functions are supported is:
>> If Function Index is zero, the return is a buffer containing one bit
>> for each function index, starting with zero. Bit 0 indicates whether
>> there is support for any functions other than function 0 for the
>> specified UUID and Revision ID. If set to zero, no functions are
>> supported (other than function zero) for the specified UUID and
>> Revision ID.
> This breaks calling DSM on HPE platforms and is a regression.
> E-mail context can be found at:
> The problem with this change is that it assumes that ACPI returning an
> object means that the UUID is supported on that platform.
> However, looking at ACPI v 6.1 section 9.1.1, the example for
> evaluating a _DSM shows that if the UUID is not supported at all,
> a zeroed out buffer of length 1 is returned:
> // If not one of the UUIDs we recognize, then return a buffer
> // with bit 0 set to 0 indicating no functions supported.
> HPE firmware has been following this practice for a long long time.
> I suspect other manufacturer's firmware do so as well.
> The problem is that this creates an ambiguity and the linux code
> is no longer differentiating the case where the DSM/UUID is
> supported but only implements function 0 (the QEMU case you're
> trying to accommodate) and the case that the DSM/UUID is not
> supported at all.
> The result is that the code in acpi_nfit_add_dimm:
> for (i = NVDIMM_FAMILY_INTEL; i <= NVDIMM_FAMILY_HPE2; i++)
> - if (acpi_check_dsm(adev_dimm->handle, to_nfit_uuid(i), 1, 1))
> + if (acpi_check_dsm(adev_dimm->handle, to_nfit_uuid(i), 1, 0))
> always matches NVDIMM_FAMILY_INTEL. This is either because its
> is an Intel nvdimm, or because the unsupported UUID returns back
> a zeroed out buffer of length 1.
> As nfit_mem->family always equals NVDIMM_FAMILY_INTEL, no subsequent
> DSM call will succeed for NVDIMM_FAMILY_HPE1 or any other
> I don't have a fix as of yet, but wanted to make you aware of
> the problem.
Could we try the all known UUIDs looking for one that returns a non-zero
Yes, that seems like the way forward, and also make not finding a DSM