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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] PCI: Rework config space locking, add INTx masking services
On 10/06/2011 10:48 AM, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Sep 2011 18:54:01 +0200
> Jan Kiszka <> wrote:
>> This series tries to heal the currently broken locking scheme around PCI
>> config space accesses.
>> We have an interface lock out access via sysfs, but that service wrongly
>> assumes it is only called by one instance at a time for some device. So
>> two loops doing
>> echo 1 > /sys/bus/pci/devices/<some-device>/reset
>> in parallel will trigger a kernel BUG at the moment.
>> Besides synchronizing with user space, we also need to manage config
>> space access of generic PCI drivers. They need to mask legacy interrupt
>> lines while the specific driver runs in user space or a guest OS.
>> The approach taken here is provide mutex-like locking for general
>> access - which still requires a special mechanism due to requirements of
>> the IBM Power RAID SCSI driver. Furthermore, INTx masking is now
>> available via the PCI core and synchronized via the internal pci_lock.
>> Not sure who may want to take this, so I'm CC'ing broadly.
> ISTR a bunch of discussion about this (just back from lots of work
> travel and vacation, sorry I missed most of it).
> Is this the agreed upon way of handling it? If so, can I get some
> Reviewed/Acked-bys from people?

Acked-by: Brian King <>

Brian King
Linux on Power Virtualization
IBM Linux Technology Center

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