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Subject[PATCH] 8250: make probing for TXEN bug a config option
Hello Andrew,

probing for UART_BUG_TXEN in 8250 driver leads to weird effects on some ARM boards (pnx4008 for instance). That is, the driver detects UART_BUG_TXEN (though it apparently shouldn't) and it leads to symbol loss in console on input (i. e. you input 'a' and you get nothing, then you input 'b' and you get 'a', then you input 'c' and get 'b' and so on).

The patch below makes this very probing a configuration option turned on by default.

drivers/serial/8250.c | 5 ++++-
drivers/serial/Kconfig | 10 ++++++++++
2 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

Signed-off-by: Vitaly Wool <>

diff --git a/drivers/serial/8250.c b/drivers/serial/8250.c
index 51f3c73..cf3eb31 100644
--- a/drivers/serial/8250.c
+++ b/drivers/serial/8250.c
@@ -1645,6 +1645,7 @@ static int serial8250_startup(struct uar

serial8250_set_mctrl(&up->port, up->port.mctrl);

* Do a quick test to see if we receive an
* interrupt when we enable the TX irq.
@@ -1660,7 +1661,9 @@ static int serial8250_startup(struct uar
pr_debug("ttyS%d - enabling bad tx status workarounds\n",
- } else {
+ } else
+ {
up->bugs &= ~UART_BUG_TXEN;

diff --git a/drivers/serial/Kconfig b/drivers/serial/Kconfig
index 2978c09..7efcaf3 100644
--- a/drivers/serial/Kconfig
+++ b/drivers/serial/Kconfig
@@ -223,6 +223,16 @@ config SERIAL_8250_DETECT_IRQ

If unsure, say N.

+ bool "Don't probe for TXEN bug"
+ depends on SERIAL_8250_EXTENDED
+ help
+ Say Y here if you don't want the kernel to probe for TXEN bug
+ on your serial port and try to workaround it. It might lead to
+ character loss on some boards, though this is quite a rare case.
+ If unsure, say N.
config SERIAL_8250_RSA
bool "Support RSA serial ports"
depends on SERIAL_8250_EXTENDED
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