R: How to avoid serial port buffer overruns?

From: Giampaolo Tomassoni
Date: Fri Aug 18 2006 - 04:48:24 EST

> On Thu, 2006-08-17 at 00:19 +0100, Russell King wrote:
> OK, thanks. FWIW here is the serial board we are using:
> http://www.moschip.com/html/MCS9845.html
> The hardware guy says "The mn9845cv, have in default 2 serial ports and
> one ISA bus, where we have connected the tl16c554, quad serial port."
> Hopefully Ingo's latency tracer can tell me what is holding off
> interrupts.

I beg your pardon: I'm not used that much to interrupts handling in Linux, but this piece of code from sound/drivers/serial-u16550.c in a linux-2.6.16:

static irqreturn_t snd_uart16550_interrupt(int irq, void *dev_id, struct pt_regs *regs)
snd_uart16550_t *uart;

uart = (snd_uart16550_t *) dev_id;
if (uart->filemode == SERIAL_MODE_NOT_OPENED) {
return IRQ_NONE;
inb(uart->base + UART_IIR); /* indicate to the UART that the interrupt has been serviced */

means to me that IRQ_HANDLED is returned even when the interrupt is not issued by the specific UART. This may lead to problems when two or more uarts share the same irq line and the irq line is edge-triggered instead of level-triggered, as is the case with ISA.

To my knowledge, IRQ_HANDLED should be returned when an interrupt had been served by that specific device handler. Returning a IRQ_HANDLED when the device didn't request for service, in the best case cuases interrupt latencies, in the worst (like in an ISA environment) impairs servicing requests from devices sharing the same IRQ line.

The byte returned from inb(uart->base + UART_IIR) can be used to detect if this is the requesting UART.

Am I wrong?



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