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SubjectRe: [patch, -rc5-mm3] lock validator: fix ns83820.c irq-flags bug

* Keith Owens <> wrote:

> Ingo Molnar (on Sun, 4 Jun 2006 10:30:17 +0200) wrote:
> >2) allowing the nesting of hardware interrupts only 'spreads out'
> >the handling of the current ISR, causing extra cachemisses that would
> >otherwise not happen. Furthermore, on architectures where ISRs share
> >the kernel stacks, enabling interrupts in ISRs introduces a much
> >higher kernel-stack-nesting and thus kernel-stack-overflow risk.
> It is worse than you think. A third party network driver enabled
> interrupts in its irq handler. For reasons that are still not clear,
> that allowed recursive interrupts from the same device. Unexpected I
> know, because the card's ISR should still have been masked, but the
> stack trace said otherwise. When multiple packets arrived for the
> same driver it drove multiple levels of kernel functions to handle
> them and completely blew the kernel stack, even though it was using a
> separate IRQ stack.


They seem to be quite rare in practice (Barry's was the only one so
far), but when they happen they can be very nasty. So the lock validator
creates some gentle pressure to get these fixed ;-) For the really
really rare cases where the irq enabling is justified (mostly old, very
slow hardware) it can be easily annotated for lockdep.

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