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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [GIT PULL] Fix lost interrupt race in Xen event channels
>>> On 25.08.10 at 12:04, Daniel Stodden <> wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-08-25 at 03:52 -0400, Jan Beulich wrote:
>> >>> On 24.08.10 at 23:35, Jeremy Fitzhardinge <> wrote:
>> > We worked out the root cause was that it was incorrectly treating Xen
>> > events as level rather than edge triggered interrupts, which works fine
>> > unless you're handling one interrupt, the interrupt gets migrated to
>> > another cpu and then re-raised. This ends up losing the interrupt
>> > because the edge-triggering of the second interrupt is lost.
>> While this description would seem plausible at the first glance, it
>> doesn't match up with unmask_evtchn() already taking care of
>> exactly this case. Or are you implicitly saying that this code is
>> broken in some way (if so, how, and shouldn't it then be that
>> code that needs fixing, or removing if you want to stay with the
>> edge handling)?
> Not broken, but a different problem. The unmask 'resend' only catches
> the edge lost if the event was raised while it was still masked. But
> level irq doesn't have to save PENDING state. In the Xen event migration
> case the edge isn't lost, but the upcall will drop the invocation when
> the handler is found inprogress on the previous cpu.

Hmm, indeed. But that problem must have existed in all post-2.6.18
kernels then... And that shouldn't be a problem with fasteoi, as that
one calls ->eoi() even when INPROGRESS was set (other than level,
which calls unmask only when it wasn't set).

>> I do however agree that using handle_level_irq() is problematic
>> (see
>> but as said there I think using the fasteoi logic is preferable. No
>> matter whether using edge or level, the ->end() method will
>> never be called (whereas fasteoi calls ->eoi(), which would
>> just need to be vectored to the same function as ->end()).
>> Without end_pirq() ever called, you can't let Xen know of
>> bad PIRQs (so that it can disable them instead of continuing
>> to call the [now shortcut] handler in the owning domain).
> Not an opinion, just confused: Isn't all that dealt with in
> chip->disable?

With disable_pirq() being empty (at least in the branches I
looked at)?


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