[i2c] [PATCH][RESEND] i2c-i801: Add basic interrupt support

Jean Delvare khali at linux-fr.org
Sat Aug 16 20:33:47 CEST 2008

Hi Hans,

On Sat, 16 Aug 2008 20:01:34 +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
> Jean Delvare wrote:
> > On Sat, 16 Aug 2008 18:50:13 +0200, Jean Delvare wrote:
> >> On Sat, 16 Aug 2008 18:22:36 +0200, Ivo Manca wrote:
> >>> Great and thanks. Am really curious about the stability of this code :)
> >> I'm hitting the first problems, with SMBus block transactions. They
> >> fail on my ICH3 with use_irq=1. That's strange because these
> >> transactions shouldn't make use of interrupts on the ICH3, but I still
> >> see the IRQ handler being called 3 times, and then the transaction
> >> times out. I'm debugging this now.
> > 
> > OK, I see what's going on. On this laptop, IRQ 9 is used by many
> > things, not just SMBus. So the interrupt handler keeps being called even
> > without SMBus activity or with polled-based SMBus activity. That's what
> > happens during SMBus block transactions: the interrupt handler is
> > called but not for us. However the interrupt handler thinks it is
> > called by us and clears the status register value. This causes the
> > polled-based loop to wait forever: by the time it looks for the status
> > register value, it has been cleared.
> > 
> > So we need to change the code in either of three ways:
> > * Drop support for byte-by-byte block transactions.
> > * Inhibit the interrupt handler during polled-based block transactions.
> > * Convert the byteb-by-byte block transaction code to use interrupts
> >   instead of polling.
> > The latter would be cleaner, but that's also more work.
> > 
> Erm, is this testing with or without your merging of the status flags defines? 
> Maybe that is causing this?

This is indeed with my merging of the status flag defines. But the
problem would happen regardless: the interrupt handler resets all the
status flags if any flag of I801_HST_STS_MASK_ALL, not just
I801_HST_STS_MASK_NORM, is set.

You might argue that the interrupt handler could be modified to only
reset the flags it knows about, i.e. I801_HST_STS_MASK_NORM. This is
probably correct, but even then, it doesn't feel safe to have an
interrupt handler triggered while poll-based code operated on the same
register values.

Jean Delvare

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