Re: [patch] 2.4.0, 2.4.0-ac12: APIC lock-ups

From: Gérard Roudier (
Date: Fri Feb 02 2001 - 13:12:52 EST

On Fri, 2 Feb 2001, Maciej W. Rozycki wrote:

> On Thu, 1 Feb 2001, Andrew Morton wrote:

> +/*
> + * It appears there is an erratum which affects at least the 82093AA
> + * I/O APIC. If a level-triggered interrupt input is being masked in
> + * the redirection entry while the interrupt is send pending (its
> + * delivery status bit is set), the interrupt is erroneously
> + * delivered as edge-triggered but the IRR bit gets set nevertheless.
> + * As a result the I/O unit expects an EOI message but it will never
> + * arrive and further interrupts are blocked for the source.
> + *
> + * A workaround is to set the trigger mode to edge when masking
> + * a level-triggered interrupt and to revert the mode when unmasking.
> + * The idea is from Manfred Spraul. --macro
> + */

Is the below idea feasible or just stupid:

Once a level-sensitive interrupt has been accepted by a local APIC, the IO
APIC will wait for the EIO message prior to delivering again this
interrupt. Therefore masking a level-sensitive interrupt once it has been
delivered and prior to EIOing it should not race with the APIC hardware.

So, why not using a pure software flag in memory and only tampering the
things if the offending interrupt is actually delivered ? If the given
interrupt is delivered and the software mask is set we could simply do:

- MASK the given interrupt
- EOI it.
- return


To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
Please read the FAQ at

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Wed Feb 07 2001 - 21:00:15 EST