[Letux-kernel] OMAP5: Debugging kernel not starting... (and clock: dpll_abe_ck failed transition to 'locked')

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Sat Sep 15 17:50:11 CEST 2018


> Am 13.09.2018 um 12:16 schrieb H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com>:
> I have done further tests on the Pyra and
> a) the problem with pwm_bl goes away if I comment out the keyboard backlight (timer8) from DT and keep timer9 only.
>   It can still independently be triggered by modprobing snd_soc_omap_abe_twl6040
> b) it appears that the problem is already triggered by modprobe and does not go away by modprobe -r, so it
>   is unlikely a cleanup problem before reboot.
> All this indicates that some clock dividers or switches are not properly controlled.
> But I have still not found what makes the significant difference between Pyra and uevm setup.

Having done more experiments, I found the following.

I see the problem on Pyra even when only modprobing pwm_omap_dmtimer but not pwm_bl.
So the problem is indeed in omap timer/pwm management and not outside.

This means the backlight pwm isn't even active and I have checked that there are
no calls to pwm_omap_dmtimer_config() or pwm_omap_dmtimer_enable() because pwm_bl
isn't loaded.

A simple run through pwm_omap_dmtimer_probe() by modprobe pwm_omap_dmtimer suffices
to trigger the reboot problem afterwards.

Next, I tried to inject printk() into pwm_omap_dmtimer_probe() to isolate where the problem starts.

It turns out that disabling the call

	dm_timer = pdata->request_by_node(timer);

in drivers/pwm/pwm-omap-dmtimer.c suffices to make the problem go away. Of course without
working PWM even if I modprobe pwm_bl.

This seems to call _omap_dm_timer_request().

The deepest level I could identify is the call to 


in omap_dm_timer_enable().

If I make omap_dm_timer_enable() return 0 before this call, I can reboot without problems.

The call sequence known to trigger the problem is so far:

	dm_timer = pdata->request_by_node(timer);

So it is a pm_runtime problem for timer8 (and others).

But not really in the pwm-omap-dmtimer and timer-ti-dm drivers but
it collides with something else (which is on the Pyra but not on the OMAP5EVM).

I had thought about adding printk into pm_runtime_get_sync but this is no longer
specific to the dm-timers. The same would be for printk in the hwmods for timers.

Any suggestions how to find out what the second factor could be?

BR and thanks,

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