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How to chip->startup() with IRQs disabled

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Subject: How to chip->startup() with IRQs disabled
From: "Om Narasimhan" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 18:39:17 -0700
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Thread-topic: How to chip->startup() with IRQs disabled
I am working on a chip with multiple cores. I have defined 
static struct irq_chip new_plat_chip = {
        .startup = n_irq_startup,
        .mask = n_irq_shutdown,

In n_irq_startup(), I have to make sure that all cores have set RVEC bit and 
corresponding EIMR bit. So, I try using on_each_cpu() (because EIMR can be set 
only by running code on that particular cpu) to run a function to set EIMR.

n_irq_startup() is called as chip->startup() from __setup_irq() (from 
request_threaded_irq, in turn from request_irq() ) with a spin lock held 
(desc->lock, in kernel/irq/manage.c).  This causes a stack dump from 
on_each_cpu(). Since it is wrong to call on_each_cpu with interrupts disabled, 
I want to change this piece of code.

I am wondering how other SMP mips system implement this. Any comments or 
pointers will be helpful.

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