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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/5] usb-hcd,usb-console: poll hcd device to force usb console writes
On Tue, 16 Mar 2010, Jason Wessel wrote:

> This patch tries to solve the problem that data is lost because there
> are too many outstanding transmit urb's while trying to execute
> printk's to a console. The same is true if you try something like
> "echo t > /proc/sysrq-trigger".
> This patch takes the route of forcibly polling the hcd device to drain
> the urb queue in order to initiate the bulk write call backs. This
> only happens if the device is a usb serial console device that sets
> the max_in_flight_urbs to a non zero value in the serial device
> structure.
> A few millisecond penalty will get incurred to allow the hcd controller
> to complete a write urb, else the console data is thrown away.
> The max_in_flight_urbs was reduced in the usb_debug driver because it
> is highly desired to push things out to the console in a timely
> fashion and there is no need to have a queue that large for the
> interrupt driven mode of operation when used through the tty
> interface.

> diff --git a/include/linux/usb.h b/include/linux/usb.h
> index 8c9f053..a7d6cf7 100644
> --- a/include/linux/usb.h
> +++ b/include/linux/usb.h
> @@ -569,6 +569,9 @@ static inline void usb_mark_last_busy(struct usb_device *udev)
> /*-------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
> +/* for polling the hcd device */
> +extern void usb_poll_irq(struct usb_device *udev);
> +

The points Johan Hovold made about max_in_flight_urbs are well taken
and they should be addressed before this patch is accepted.

The parts about usb_poll_irq() are fine, although the comment above
should be changed to something more like:

/* for polling the device's host controller */

since "hcd" is short for "host controller driver", and "polling the
host controller driver device" doesn't make much sense. The same goes
for the comment in usb_do_console_write().

Alan Stern

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