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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kernel/printk.c: Concerns about the console handover
On Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 02:36:50PM +0100, Maciej W. Rozycki wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Sep 2007, Andrew Morton wrote:
>
> > It would be useful to have some basic information like: Which kernel
> > version was this found in? Which kernel version last worked?
>
> The kernel used was a 2.6.23-rc5 snapshot from Sep 4th, 2007 taken from
> the linux-mips.org tree (as stated by the revision of the patch provided).
> There is no version that can be considered working as the change to add
> the printk() to register_console() went in before drivers/serial/zs.c was
> added and the old drivers/tc/zs.c driver might have been to sloppy to
> handle such bits as the transmitter enable properly. I may investigate.
>
> Chances are nobody tried any version of the kernel from the period
> between the printk() was added and drivers/tc/zs.c removed with the
> DECstation; I have not.
>
> Anyway, I did confirm keeping the transmitter enabled all the time makes
> the problem go away.

I suspect the correct fix for this is to take the fix in the ARM tree
for serial_core's console initialisation, and ensure that zs.c handles
the power management of the port (enabling/disabling transmitter)
in the power management callback.

You can find the fix in the mbox archive:

http://ftp.arm.linux.org.uk/pub/linux/arm/kernel/git-cut/arm:devel.mbox

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Russell King
Linux kernel 2.6 ARM Linux - http://www.arm.linux.org.uk/
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