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    Subjectgpio: pca953x: interrupt feature unreliable (re-re-send, Grant please acknowledge!!)
    Hi all,

    Here's a fun, yet potentially dangerous problem.

    I've sent this twice already, without any feedback. I'm just trying to get more
    visibility on this because I believe it to be a serious issue depending where
    this chip may be used. Interrupts could be missed in what could be very tough
    conditions to replicate. In my setup I could reproduce the problem easily and
    took great care in analysing and documenting it.
    ===============Re-Re-Send (with edits)==================
    Hi all,
    (Using 3.1.0-rc4, didn't change since)

    I have detected a flaw in the interrupt support of the gpio-pca953x driver.
    This is how I discovered the issue:

    I have a interrupt client device which has it's interrupt signal connected to
    one of the GPIOs of the pca9555. The client is an ad714x device. It's interrupt
    routine is falling edge triggered (so says the driver, but according to the
    AD714x specs, it should be level,low, however this is another topic). The
    pca9555 is interrupting the CPU through INTA of an ethernet PCI card for which
    I have blacklisted the driver module and only done "echo 1 >
    /bus/pci/devices/00xyz/enable". It is "(level, low)" which matches the pca953x
    request_threaded_isr call (IRQF_TRIGGER_LOW | IRQF_ONESHOT). I used two GPOs on
    some other device to get the !ISR signals shown below. These show the nested
    nature of the cli ISR called from the pca953x's ISR.
    ASCII art of my probing (use a monospace font, "!ISR"==low, mean ISR running)

    Events(lined-up):1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    ____ _______
    client !INT |________| |________(lost)___
    ___________ _________
    cli !ISR |____|____________|
    ____ ___ _________________
    pca953x !INT |____| |_______|
    ______ ____
    pca953x !ISR |___________________________|
    (note: the little spike in the cli !ISR marks the end of reading the client's
    status registers, the rest of the ISR is updating driver state machines, etc.)

    Summary: The client enters interrupt(1), which immediately puts the pca953x in
    interrupt as well(1). When the pca953x enters it's isr thread(2), it reads the
    input status register, this immediately clears the pca953x interrupt(3). The
    pca953x ISR then figure's out it should invoke the nested ISR for the client.
    The client ISR starts (4) by reading the client chip's status register, which
    clears the client interrupt(5). This immediately puts the pca953x back into
    interrupt (5) since it's a different state than what was last read in the
    pca953x ISR(3). Since pca953x registered it's interrupt with IRQF_ONESHOT, this
    new IRQ state is masked and goes un-noticed. The pca953x chips' FLAW IS THEN
    REVEILED if/when the client chip goes back in interrupt before (7) the client
    ISR (and the pca053x's ISR with the current code) even has time to finish(8 and
    9). At that moment, the pca953x's input are back to the way they where when the
    pca953x ISR last read the input status register. So when all of the ISR
    routines are done (9...), the client has it's INT line asserted and no more
    interrupt will come from the pca953x because of this.

    pca953x specs quote: "Resetting the interrupt circuit is achieved when data on
    the port is CHANGED TO THE ORIGINAL SETTING, data is read from the port that
    generated the interrupt or in a Stop event. [...] Interrupts that occur during
    the ACK or NACK clock pulse CAN BE LOST (or be very short) due to the resetting
    of the interrupt during this pulse."

    So in essence, although the pca953x.c's design and doc says only edges are
    detected and supported, the chip design makes it IMPOSSIBLE to guarantee that
    all edges will be caught.

    The IRQ function SHOULD BE REMOVED from the driver since the chip cannot honor
    the driver's promise. At the very least, for system integrators that want to
    use level base interrupts implemented by the pca953x, changes to the driver
    should be made to correctly handle the lack of LATCHING INTERRUPT STATUS

    I would propose a patch, but I am missing knowledge on the internals of the
    kernel's irq code, so here's a simple suggestion description, hoping to get
    some feedback.

    First of all, I propose pca953x_irq_set_type should only support
    IRQ_TYPE_LEVEL_HIGH and IRQ_TYPE_LEVEL_LOW. pca953x_irq_handler should be
    adjusted accordingly.

    To make sure we catch as many transitions of pca953x chips INT as possible
    (yikes), we make pca953x_irq_setup() request it's own interrupt as both rising
    and falling (IRQF_TRIGGER_RISING|IRQF_TRIGGER_FALLING, is that even possible?)
    without IRQF_ONESHOT, so that pca953x_irq_handler is rescheduled for running
    even when it's already running.

    Any thoughts? Maybe there are more/less fancy, or better yet, "correct" ways of
    doing this? Will this even work?


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