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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6.21-rt2] PowerPC: decrementer clockevent driver
Hello, I wrote:

>>>>>Yes, on some implementations there can be other conditions that
>>>>>make a decrementer exception go away; there is no contradiction
>>>>>here (thankfully). My wording was sloppy.

>>>>Some CPUs have the DEC exceptions basically edge triggered (yeah I know

>>>for example?

>>>>it sucks). That's why, among others, the IRQ soft-disable code has code
>>>>to re-trigger DEC exceptions ASAP (by setting it to 1.. note that we
>>>>could probably use 0 here, we've been a bit conservative).

> Yeah, the classic decrementer is programmed off-by-one.

>>I'm not 100% certain... Paulus thinks all the old 6xx are like that, and
>>maybe POWER4. If I look at the oldest BookIV I can find (the 601), it

> From the "PowerPC Operating Environment Architecture" that I've already
> quoated t follows that POWER4-compatible decremented exception *must* be edge
> triggered.

... and cleared when delivered.

>>says that an exception is generated when the MSB transitions from 0 to
>>1. It's not clear wether the exception sticks while that bit is 1 or is
>>indeed considered as an "edge" event that gets cleared as soon as
>>delivered.

WBR, Sergei
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