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    SubjectRe: Serial related oops
    On Thu, Feb 22, 2007 at 03:02:46PM +0000, Jose Goncalves wrote:
    > It could be a silly question (tamper with me as I'm not familiar with
    > such low level programming), but couldn't it be possible for a interrupt
    > to hit in the middle of the serial_in() calls and mess with %ebx?

    I'm no expert on x86, but if an interrupt was messing with %ebx, you'd
    have random crashes verywhere - userspace, kernel space in unpredicatable

    > What I find real hard to understand is why a hardware fault happens
    > always in the same software instruction! I would expect a hardware fault
    > to hit randomly...

    Well, compared with your previous report, your latest report is different.
    Your first report had both EIP and %ebx being zero (because they got
    corrupted when returning from serial_in). This time only %ebx was

    Consequently, this time we oopsed in the subsequent serial_in() rather
    than trying to return to serial8250_startup() as last time.

    > I left my application running this night, with a kernel
    > unpatched on the serial driver (my last Oops report was with Frederik
    > patch to remove the insertion made in 2.6.12) and it crashed again on
    > exactly the same point!

    From that I take it that you removed the test in serial8250_startup which
    sets UART_BUG_TXEN, and the problem persisted. That tends to suggest
    that it's not the culpret.

    > > For all we know, it could be a one-off fault on the hardware you
    > > happen to have - other identical units may not behave the same (can
    > > you check?)
    > Yes I have other units that I can test it. I'll do that to see if it's
    > really a one-off fault on the hardware.

    Would be nice to know.

    > If it continues to crash with other units I will then test with the
    > msleep(10) before the "And clear the interrupt registers again for
    > luck.", as you suggested earlier.
    > > If it is a one off case, you are welcome to patch that test out in
    > > your kernel build to remove the problem, and if it's an isolated case
    > > I encourage you to do this. This is one of the great advantages of
    > > open source - if you hit such a problem rather than throwing the
    > > hardware away you can work around such issues.
    > I didn't understand what you mean by "you are welcome to patch that test
    > out in your kernel build to remove the problem". Which test are you
    > talking about?

    The one which sets UART_BUG_TXEN.

    Russell King
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