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SubjectRe: New MSI support in sata_sil24 still broken in 2.6.33-rc3
My advance apologies if this email gets badly MIME-mangled...

On 2010/01/06 20:59, "Robert Hancock" <> wrote:
> On 01/06/2010 03:37 AM, Torsten Kaiser wrote:
>> After activating the MSI support by adding sata_sil24.msi=1 to the
>> kernel command line, the first write to a drive attached to the SiI
>> 3132 controller results in the following errors:
>> [ 138.950074] ata2.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0xf SErr 0x0 action 0x6
>> frozen
>> [ 138.961023] ata2.00: failed command: WRITE FPDMA QUEUED
>> [ 138.970034] ata2.00: cmd 61/00:00:a5:95:4a/04:00:01:00:00/40 tag 0
>> ncq 524288 out
>> [ 138.970037] res 40/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/00 Emask
>> 0x4 (timeout)
> Looking at the code in sata_sil24 and the SiI3132 datasheet, there's a
> control bit which doesn't seem to be handled in the driver, global
> control register bit 30: "MSI Acknowledge (W). Writing a one to this bit
> acknowledges a Message Signaled Interrupt and permits generation of
> another MSI. This bit is cleared immediately after the acknowledgement
> is recognized by the control logic, hence the bit will always be read as
> a zero. If all interrupt conditions are removed subsequent to an MSI, it
> is not necessary to assert this Acknowledge; another MSI will be
> generated when an interrupt condition occurs."
> The way the interrupt handler for this driver works is that we check the
> global IRQ status register, and then based on what ports indicated an
> interrupt in that register, we check the individual port command
> completion registers. The issue would seem to be that if a port got an
> interrupt condition in between these two operations, we'd miss it, and
> the MSI logic described above then wouldn't generate any more interrupts
> since we didn't remove all interrupt conditions.
> Can you try this patch and see if it helps? (Might be whitespace damaged
> but hopefully you can apply manually in that case.)

I've got this custom board that uses the sata_sil24 driver (off a P2020
processor). My current kernel is a slightly patched 2.6.32 kernel
(including the sata_sil24 enable-MSI patch).

Unfortunately when I turn MSI on, I get the exact same hang described here,
boot log included as dmesg1.txt.

With this patch applied, it seems to get a little further (dmesg2.txt), but
still dies miserably.

I'm relatively sure that MSI works on this chipset as I also have an e1000e
controller off an adjacent PCI-E bus which works correctly with MSI.

It's relatively critical for me to get MSI working, because the legacy-PCI
INTx interrupt for that PCI-E port happens to share an IRQ line with a
device that is very unfriendly to shared IRQs (it has no internal IRQ
disable register). I'd rather not have to go in there with a soldering iron
and some scraps of wire to make it work. :-D

Kyle Moffett

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