[PATCH v2 3/4] watchdog: Allow to use CONFIG_WDT without starting watchdog

Pali Rohár pali at kernel.org
Tue Mar 9 14:26:56 CET 2021

In some cases it is useful to compile support for U-Boot command 'wdt'
without starting HW watchdog in early U-Boot phase. For example when the
user want to start the watchdog only on demand by some boot script.

This change adds a new compile option WATCHDOG_AUTOSTART to control whether
U-Boot should automatically start the watchdog during init phase or not.

This option is enabled by default as it was the default behavior prior
introducing this new change. When compiling U-Boot users can decide to turn
this option off.

Signed-off-by: Pali Rohár <pali at kernel.org>
 drivers/watchdog/Kconfig      | 13 +++++++++++++
 drivers/watchdog/wdt-uclass.c |  5 +++++
 2 files changed, 18 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/watchdog/Kconfig b/drivers/watchdog/Kconfig
index 602ccbe41c00..aa76a8f2d239 100644
--- a/drivers/watchdog/Kconfig
+++ b/drivers/watchdog/Kconfig
@@ -9,6 +9,19 @@ config WATCHDOG
 	  this option if you want to service enabled watchdog by U-Boot. Disable
 	  this option if you want U-Boot to start watchdog but never service it.
+	bool "Automatically start watchdog timer"
+	depends on WDT
+	default y
+	help
+	  Automatically start watchdog timer and start servicing it during
+	  init phase. Enabled by default. Disable this option if you want
+	  to compile U-Boot with CONFIG_WDT support but do not want to
+	  activate watchdog, like when CONFIG_WDT option is disabled. You
+	  would be able to start watchdog manually by 'wdt' command. Useful
+	  when you want to have support for 'wdt' command but do not want
+	  to have watchdog enabled by default.
 	int "Watchdog timeout in msec"
 	default 128000 if ARCH_MX25 || ARCH_MX31 || ARCH_MX5 || ARCH_MX6
diff --git a/drivers/watchdog/wdt-uclass.c b/drivers/watchdog/wdt-uclass.c
index 7500b3ed90e3..0603ffbd36d9 100644
--- a/drivers/watchdog/wdt-uclass.c
+++ b/drivers/watchdog/wdt-uclass.c
@@ -51,6 +51,11 @@ int initr_watchdog(void)
 						    4 * reset_period) / 4;
+		printf("WDT:   Not starting\n");
+		return 0;
+	}
 	ret = wdt_start(gd->watchdog_dev, timeout * 1000, 0);
 	if (ret != 0) {
 		printf("WDT:   Failed to start\n");

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