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SubjectRe: [PATCH] expand /proc/interrupts to include missing vectors, v2
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On Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 08:17:18PM -0400, Joe Korty wrote:
> Add missing IRQs and IRQ descriptions to /proc/interrupts.
>
> /proc/interrupts is most useful when it displays every
> IRQ vector in use by the system, not just those somebody
> thought would be interesting.
>
> This patch inserts the following vector displays to the
> i386 and x86_64 platforms, as appropriate:
>
> rescheduling interrupts
> TLB flush interrupts
> function call interrupts
> thermal event interrupts
> threshold interrupts
> spurious interrupts
>
> A threshold interrupt occurs when ECC memory correction
> is occuring at too high a frequency. Thresholds are used
> by the ECC hardware as occasional ECC failures are part
> of normal operation, but long sequences of ECC failures
> usually indicate a memory chip that is about to fail.
>
> Thermal event interrupts occur when a temperature threshold
> has been exceeded for some CPU chip. IIRC, a thermal
> interrupt is also generated when the temperature drops
> back to a normal level.
>
> A spurious interrupt is an interrupt that was raised then
> lowered by the device before it could be fully processed
> by the APIC. Hence the apic sees the interrupt but does
> not know what device it came from. For this case the APIC
> hardware will assume a vector of 0xff.
>
> Rescheduling, call, and TLB flush interrupts are sent from
> one CPU to another per the needs of the OS. Typically,
> their statistics would be used to discover if an
> interrupt flood of the given type has been occuring.

Since you are playing with /proc/interrupts, is there any chance you
could make it make sense too?

Right now I have the annoying issue that /proc/interrupts only shows
interrupts that it sees a handler for, and ignores the rest. For some
reason irq 3 never shows up in /proc/interrupts on my system, even
though I have serial ports on both IRQ 3 and 4. Only irq 4 shows
'serial' as the handler, and is the only one shown. irq 3 is getting
lots of interrupts, and the serial driver is handling them, it just
doesn't show up in /proc/interrupts. procinfo does show irq 3 although
with no handler listed. I think any interrupt with a handler AND any
interrupt with a non zero count ought to be shown. I only happened to
try procinfo by chance and discover that while I thought IRQ 3 wasn't
working, the only issue was that /proc/interrupts simply wasn't showing
all the relevant information.

Of course I would also love to know why irq 3 isn't showing serial as
the handler, but I have no idea why that is. This is all using Debian's
2.6.18 kernel.

--
Len Sorensen
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