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Subject[PATCH] cs5535-clockevt: free timer in IRQ setup error path
cs5535-clockevt: free timer in IRQ setup error path

Due to a hardware limitation cs5535_mfgpt_free_timer() cannot actually release
the timer hardware, but it will at least free the now unreferenced struct
associated with it so calling it is the cleaner thing to do.

Signed-off-by: Jens Rottmann <>

Hi Andres,

> > cs5535_mfgpt_init() doesn't free up the timer in the error path

> Yeah, we can't really free the timer, unfortunately.
> It actually might not be a bad idea to reverse the code so that the
> IRQ allocation happens first, since we can clean that up if mfgpt
> allocation fails.

The problem is that cs5535_mfgpt_setup_irq() depends on the return value of cs5535_mfgpt_alloc_timer(), because it needs to know the timer nr both to read out the previous IRQ (if any) and to setup the IRQ. (And setup_irq() in turn depends on cs5535_mfgpt_setup_irq() for getting the actual IRQ number.) I guess for reversing the order we'd have to split both cs5535_mfgpt_alloc_timer() and cs5535_mfgpt_setup_irq() into two parts, one to do all checking and detecting and a second run to actually touch the hardware. But I don't fancy the mess this is likely to result in ...

For now all I'm able to provide is this small patch that inserts the missing cs5535_mfgpt_free_timer() calls. This at least plugs the (really minor) mem leak - better than nothing.

Maybe cs5535_mfgpt_free_timer() can be made more intelligent to set mfgpt->avail again if the hardware isn't actually in a non-reversible state yet, but I don't know what this depends on and I lack the time to explore this further.

Fortunately not freeing the timers only affects users who manually want to try several IRQs by repeatedly doing "modprobe cs5535-clockevt irq=..." and who after 3-6 failed attempts will have to reboot to get another batch of free timers. Once the module was loaded successfully it cannot be unloaded anyway.

Best regards,

--- linux-2.6.33-rc5/drivers/clocksource/cs5535-clockevt.c
+++ timer_freed_on_error/drivers/clocksource/cs5535-clockevt.c
@@ -154,14 +154,14 @@
if (cs5535_mfgpt_setup_irq(timer, MFGPT_CMP2, &timer_irq)) {
printk(KERN_ERR DRV_NAME ": Could not set up IRQ %d\n",
- return -EIO;
+ goto err_timer;

/* And register it with the kernel */
ret = setup_irq(timer_irq, &mfgptirq);
if (ret) {
printk(KERN_ERR DRV_NAME ": Unable to set up the interrupt.\n");
- goto err;
+ goto err_irq;

/* Set the clock scale and enable the event mode for CMP2 */
@@ -184,8 +184,10 @@

return 0;

cs5535_mfgpt_release_irq(cs5535_event_clock, MFGPT_CMP2, &timer_irq);
+ cs5535_mfgpt_free_timer(cs5535_event_clock);
printk(KERN_ERR DRV_NAME ": Unable to set up the MFGPT clock source\n");
return -EIO;

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