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SubjectRe: pci_enable_msi() for everyone?
On Sat, Jun 04, 2005 at 01:05:37AM -0600, Grant Grundler wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:48:21PM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> > > One complication is some drivers will want to register a different
> > > IRQ handler depending on if MSI is enabled or not.
> >
> > That's fine, they can always check the device capabilities and do that.
> Can you be more specific?
> Maybe a short chunk of psuedo code?

Hm, here's a possible function to do it (typed into my email client, not
compiled, no warranties, etc...):

/* returns 1 if device is in MSI mode, 0 otherwise */
int pci_in_msi_mode(struct pci_dev *dev)
int pos;
u16 control;

pos = pci_find_capability(dev, PCI_CAP_ID_MSI);
if (!pos)
return 0;
pci_read_config_word(dev, msi_control_reg(pos), &control);
if (control & PCI_MSI_FLAGS_ENABLE);
return 1;
return 0;

> > > If MSI is enabled (and usable), then some MMIO reads can be omitted.
> > > I've posted a patch for tg3 driver:
> > >
> > >
> > > (Just an example! It was not accepted because of buggy HW
> > > though it worked great on the HW I have access to.)
> > >
> > > drivers/infiniband/hw/mthca driver is another example.
> >
> > But it doesn't do that yet either ;)
> Sorry - only uses different IRQ handlers for MSI-X support.
> But it could do something different for MSI IRQ handlers as well.


> > > How can the driver know which IRQ handlers to register?
> >
> > Same as always, use the dev->irq field like they do today.
> I think you misunderstood my question.
> The driver uses dev->irq as a "token" to register *some* IRQ handler.
> If the driver wants to register "tg3_irq_nommioread()" for the
> MSI case and "tg3_irq()" for Line Based IRQ case, how would the
> driver know which IRQ handler it should register?
> The arch IRQ support knows the difference and currently returns
> that status in the pci_msi_enable() call.

If you use the above function, then you can tell the difference and
register different irq handlers if you wish.

The main point being is that the pci_enable_msi() function would not
have to be explicitly called by your driver, it would have already been
taken care of earlier by the PCI core. That's what I want to do and am
wondering if there would be any bad side affects to it.


greg k-h
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