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[v3,0/4] thermal: core/ACPI: Fix processor cooling device regression

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Series thermal: core/ACPI: Fix processor cooling device regression | expand


Rafael J. Wysocki March 17, 2023, 4:48 p.m. UTC
Hi All,

The two previous revisions of this patch series was posted as


As reported by Rui in this thread:

Link: https://lore.kernel.org/linux-pm/53ec1f06f61c984100868926f282647e57ecfb2d.camel@intel.com/

some recent changes in the thermal core cause the CPU cooling devices
registered by the ACPI processor driver to become unusable in some cases
and somewhat crippled in general.

The problem is that the ACPI processor driver changes its ->get_max_state()
callback return value depending on whether or not cpufreq is available and
there is a cpufreq policy for a given CPU.  However, the thermal core has
always assumed that the return value of that callback will not change, which
in fact is relied on by the cooling device statistics code.  In particular,
when the ->get_max_state() grows, the memory buffer allocated for storing the
statistics will be too small and corruption may ensue as a result.

For this reason, the issue needs to be addressed in the ACPI processor driver
and not in the thermal core, but the core needs to help somewhat too.  Namely,
it needs to provide a helper allowing an interested driver to update the
max_state value for an already registered cooling device in certain situations
which will also cause the statistics to be rebuilt.

This series implements the above and for details please refer to the individual
patch chagelogs.