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SubjectRe: [PATCH 05/15] drivers/char: minor irq handler cleanups
On Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 07:22:51PM -0400, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> This change's main purpose is to prepare for the patchset in
> jgarzik/misc-2.6.git#irq-remove, that explores removal of the
> never-used 'irq' argument in each interrupt handler.

The changes look sane, (for the drivers that I'm involved with).

However, you're now adding a second parameter to my interrupt
routines: "polled" to replace the "never used" irq parameter. (which
/was/ used to determine wether we were called polled or not...

On the other hand, most hardware should work if you remove the if
(!polled).


You added a "XXX Using free_irq in the interrupt is not wise!". When I
wrote that code, I didn't know about this. These lines triggered when
the level-triggered PCI interrupt stuck "active" this would mean that
NO userspace code would get executed anymore: Hard lock up. Difficult
to debug. This happend a few times during development when the code
behind the "if (!polled)": "tell the hardware we've seen the
interrupt" didn't work. On the other hand, some failures in the field
have triggered this. So I think it's wise to keep it in. Disabling the
interrupt on the card is not an option, because that's exactly what
this is supposed to catch: We're unable to make the card stop
interrupting the CPU.

Note that it also doesn't work (i.e. hard lock of the machine) if some
other driver is using the same interupt.

Roger.

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