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SubjectRe: IO-APIC + timer doesn't work (was: Linux 2.6.20-rc1)

On Sun, 17 Dec 2006, Tobias Diedrich wrote:
> With commit b0268726 backed out, 2.6.20-rc1 boots fine.

Ok. It's sad, because that thing really did clean stuff up, and seemed
like a nice and robust approach.

Your dmesg is kind of interesting:

..TIMER: trying IO-APIC=0 PIN=0 with 8259 IRQ0 enabled(7)APIC error on CPU0: 04(40)
.. failed

where that APIC error on CPU0 seems to be a "Send accept error" and "Send
illegal vector" thing. I think we actually got the interrupt there, but
because we had some APIC setup bug, we didn't accept it properly, and it
resulted in that "APIC error" thing. Maybe.

This is a long shot, but I wonder if we should _wait_ for the APIC to
stabilize after we've unmasked the IRQ. Ie, if you could undo the back-out
(going back to the broken situation), and try the patch below, and see if
it makes a difference.

Unlikely, I know. I don't see anything wrong with the code, though, but
maybe I'm just blind.

Eric, Andi, Yinghai, do you see anything here to explain why that commit


diff --git a/arch/x86_64/kernel/io_apic.c b/arch/x86_64/kernel/io_apic.c
index 2a1dcd5..a8a09e0 100644
--- a/arch/x86_64/kernel/io_apic.c
+++ b/arch/x86_64/kernel/io_apic.c
@@ -294,7 +294,7 @@ static void add_pin_to_irq(unsigned int irq, int apic, int pin)

DO_ACTION( __mask, 0, |= 0x00010000, io_apic_sync(entry->apic) )
/* mask = 1 */
-DO_ACTION( __unmask, 0, &= 0xfffeffff, )
+DO_ACTION( __unmask, 0, &= 0xfffeffff, io_apic_sync(entry->apic) )
/* mask = 0 */

static void mask_IO_APIC_irq (unsigned int irq)
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