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SubjectRe: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19

>> For the sharing case, some sort of softirq should be created. That is, when a
>> hard interrupt is generated and the irq handler is executed, set a flag that at
>> some other point in time, the irq is delivered to userspace. Like you do with
>> signals in userspace:
>
>NO.
>
>The whole point is, YOU CANNOT DO THIS.
>
>You need to shut the device up. Otherwise it keeps screaming.
>
>Please, people, don't confuse the issue any further. A hardware driver
>
> ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY HAS TO
>
>have an in-kernel irq handler that knows how to turn the irq off.
>
>End of story. No ifs, buts, maybes about it.

I don't get you. The rtc module does something similar (RTC generates
interrupts and notifies userspace about it)


irqreturn_t uio_handler(...) {
disable interrupts for this dev;
set a flag that notifies userspace the next best time;
seomstruct->flag |= IRQ_ARRIVED;
return IRQ_HANDLED;
}


/* Userspace->kernel notification, e.g. by means of a device node
/dev/uio or some ioctl. */
int uio_write(...) {
somestruct->flag &= ~IRQ_ARRIVED;
enable interrupts for the device;
}



> - have an in-kernel irq handler that at a minimum knows how to test
> whether the irq came from that device and knows how to shut it up.
>
>This means NOT A GENERIC DRIVER. That simply isn't an option on the
>table, no matter how much people would like it to be.


-`J'
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