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SubjectRe: [PATCH PREEMPT_RT]: On AT91 ARM: GPIO Interrupt handling can/will stall forever
On Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 04:13:07PM -0500, Steven Rostedt wrote:
>
>
> On Wed, 28 Nov 2007, Daniel Walker wrote:
>
> >
> > Ignoring the ARM side of things for a sec, handle_simple_irq() will
> > mask() the interrupt in the special case that an interrupt is already in
> > the processes of being handled.. handle_simple_irq() also unmasks when
> > it finishes handling an interrupt (something real time adds for some
> > reason) ..
> >
> > In terms of threading the irq everything is the same except there is no
> > unmask() call when the thread finishes ..
> >
>
> OK, to be honest, I never fully understood the concept of this
> "simple_irq". I figured it was because of the ARM architecture.

If you read what I said compared with what Daniel said, you'll see that
adding the mask/unmask is _pointless_ because for the case where the
simple handler should be used, there is _no_ hardware masking available
except via the parent interrupt signal.

So actually Daniel's argument misses the basic point - that using
handle_simple_irq for non-simple IRQs is just WRONG.
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