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SubjectRe: [PATCH] irq: move some interrupt arch_* functions into struct irq_chip.
Ian Campbell <> writes:

> On Wed, 2010-03-10 at 17:18 +0000, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Ian Campbell <> writes:
>> > On Wed, 2010-03-10 at 10:55 +0000, wrote:
>> >>
>> >> arch_init_chip_data cannot be moved into struct irq_chip at this time
>> >> because irq_desc->chip is not known at the time the irq_desc is
>> >> setup. For now rename arch_init_chip_data to arch_init_irq_desc (for
>> >> PowerPC, the only other user, whose usage better matches the new name)
>> >> and on x86 convert arch_init_chip_data to ioapic_init_chip_data and
>> >> call this whenever the IO APIC code allocates a new IRQ.
>> >
>> > One idea I had to improve this was to add a struct irq_chip * as a
>> > parameter to irq_to_desc_alloc_node. The new parameter potentially could
>> > be NULL for current behaviour. Does that sound like a reasonable
>> > approach?
>> I don't follow why we have the restriction that irq_to_desc_alloc_node
>> must call arch_init_chip_data. Assuming that requirement to call arch_init_chip_data
>> is valid, passing something into init_one_irq_desc seems appropriate.
> Yes, I suspect that could also be made to work.
> The lifecycle of the irq_desc and chip_data isn't really clear to me --
> I guess once allocated an irq_desc never gets freed (at least
> currently)? The associated chip_data can be freed on migrate and
> replaced with a new one, but is not freed otherwise.

Yes. That actually looks like a bug.

> My concern is that if the caller asks for an IRQ which already exists
> (is that valid?) then you will get that existing irq_desc back,
> including its existing chip_data, which potentially leaks the new one
> which was passed in. Or is it the case that the only way this could
> happen would be for legacy IRQs? In which case perhaps it is simply
> invalid to pass a new chip data in for such an IRQ.

The only irqs that should be allocated/freed are probably the msi
irqs as those are the only ones that dynamically come and go in the

Unfortunately there appears to be a bigger mess here than first appeared.


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