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[PATCH] Toshiba RBHMA3100 IRQ handling

Subject: [PATCH] Toshiba RBHMA3100 IRQ handling
From: Pavel Kiryukhin <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 20:25:10 +0400
Cc: Pavel Kiryukhin <>
Original-recipient: rfc822;
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We have discovered a number of issues with IRQ handling code in linux/arch/mips/jmr3927/rbhma3100/irq.c. First, the most serious: if IRQ is get somehow disabled in its IRQ handler or just wasn't handled for some reason (or was nesting despite being masked off by jmr3927_irq_ack(), and so left unhandled) it shouldn't be unmasked by jmr3927_irq_end(). This check is present for other MIPS boards but is still missing for RBHMA3100... Second, the most serious, which caused that unwanted IRQ nesting. The interrupt controller (IRC) registers are in the reserved KSEG2 area which is subject to the write buffering in the TX3927, and the interrupt level register (IRL) write masking off IRQ appear to get stuck in the write buffer until the CPU interrupts are re-enabled by do_IRQ() after calling jmr3927_irq_ack(), and so the IRQs were sometimes re-occuring while the IRQ handler was doing its stuff--the result was fatal: board was just quietly dying every time this was happening. Flushing the write buffer by reading the source status register (IRSSR) in [un]mask_irq_irc() fixes this; note, that the buffer flushing code was present in [un]mask_irq_*() for the ISA and I/O controller IRQs but was missing for the IRC IRQs... Below is the patch for 2.4 kernel, and 2.6 kernel seems to be missing this too!

Index: linux/arch/mips/jmr3927/rbhma3100/irq.c
RCS file: /home/cvs/linux/arch/mips/jmr3927/rbhma3100/irq.c,v
retrieving revision
diff -a -u -r1.2.2.6 irq.c
--- linux/arch/mips/jmr3927/rbhma3100/irq.c 16 Apr 2003 12:59:33 -0000
+++ linux/arch/mips/jmr3927/rbhma3100/irq.c    26 Oct 2004 16:02:36 -0000
@@ -149,7 +149,8 @@
    db_assert(irq >= jmr3927_irq_base);
db_assert(irq < jmr3927_irq_base + JMR3927_NR_IRQ_IRC + JMR3927_NR_IRQ_IOC);

-    jmr3927_irq_enable(irq);
+    if (!(irq_desc[irq].status & (IRQ_DISABLED | IRQ_INPROGRESS)))
+        jmr3927_irq_enable(irq);

static void jmr3927_irq_disable(unsigned int irq_nr)
@@ -234,6 +235,8 @@
    /* update IRCSR */
    tx3927_ircptr->imr = 0;
    tx3927_ircptr->imr = irc_elevel;
+    /* flush write buffer */
+    (void)tx3927_ircptr->ssr;
static void unmask_irq_irc(int irq_nr, int space_id)
@@ -245,6 +248,8 @@
    /* update IRCSR */
    tx3927_ircptr->imr = 0;
    tx3927_ircptr->imr = irc_elevel;
+    /* flush write buffer */
+    (void)tx3927_ircptr->ssr;

struct tb_irq_space jmr3927_isac_irqspace = {

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