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SubjectRe: [patch/rfc 2.6.24-rc8-git] genirq: partial lockdep fixes

On Fri, 2008-01-18 at 14:29 -0800, David Brownell wrote:
> EXPERIMENTAL and incomplete patch to make LOCKDEP behave better in
> the face of irq chaining, by annotating irqs with a lock_class which
> can reflect that hierarchy.

This is too short for me (who has no clue about genirq) to understand
what this patch does or why it does it.

> This version of the patch is incomplete in at least two respects:
> - There's no spin_lock_irq_nested() primitive, so that locking calls
> on irq probing (yeech!) paths must ignore the annotations.
> ==> LOCKDEP feature is evidently missing:
> spin_lock_irq_nested(lock_ptr, lock_class)

This rant is more lines than adding the API :-/ the reason for it not
being there is simple, it wasn't needed up until now.

> - We'd really need new API to declare the parent/child relationships
> between IRQs to handle this properly. Lacking such calls, this just
> piggybacks set_irq_chained_handler() to modify the parent's class.
> That's a problem, since only the lowest level of any lock tree gets
> accurate nesting annotations. On the plus side: no platform changes
> are needed this way, so testing is easy.
> ==> GENIRQ programming interface evidently missing
> set_irq_parent(parent_irqnum, child_irqnum) (?)
> Example: when a GPIO controller's set_wake() handler needs to call its
> parent's set_irq_wake() method to ensure all appropriate signal paths are
> set up, that currently generates a bogus lockdep warning. This patch
> removes those bogus warnings ... when there's only one level of parent.

OK.... still need a bit more detail here.

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