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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4.21-pre3-ac4
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On Sun, 2003-01-12 at 21:51, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Sun, 2003-01-12 at 19:57, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > Actually, do we really need that delay as we are waiting for an
> > interrupt anyway ? my understanding is that this delay is the required
> > before we start polling for BSY bit (that is the max time the drive may
> > take to assert BSY after getting the command), but in our case, unless
> > we have other bugs, we shall have the channel marked busy, so nobody
> > will tap it, except the actual interrupt coming in. Or will the case of
> > shared interrupt potentially cause a read of status at the wrong time ?
>
> Precisely. Or a random IRQ from a drive power change or hotplug that
> passed our command in the other direction.
>
> We could actually address this another way which might even be easier,
> that is in the IRQ path to wait the 400nS if BSY isnt asserted. I need
> to go reread the spec to check if we can poll it before the timeout
> but not trust the data, or cannot poll it.

Now I think that would be bad as that would mean waiting in the normal
case. But if you look at the various access patterns, I think there is
no real problem in fact, though I beleive only Andre can confirm.

We have 3 cases to deal with:

1 - Command with no data transfer. Here, there should be no problem
just doing a read from status or alt_status, right ? now, reading status
might clear the IRQ if we are slow enough, so we may want alt_status
instead. (We can probably safely ignore controllers that have no alt
status here, or route them via some hwif->IOSYNC() macro). Or maybe just
re-read the select register for making everybody happy.

2 - Command with a data transfer not using DMA (that is either PIO or
the command part of an ATAPI command in ide-cd). I don't think there's
any problem reading alt status or select here, is there andre ? So we
can also safely do that before waiting and thus make sure the bus path
to the controller is ok

3 - Command with a data transfer using DMA (new ide-scsi, ide-hd with
dma, etc...). Here, I beleive there is just no problem, we don't need to
wait at all, since the interrupt handler will check for the DMA
controller to have completed via hwif->ide_dma_test_irq before reading
the status reg at all, right ?

Ben.

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