Re: Serial related oops

From: Michael K. Edwards
Date: Mon Feb 19 2007 - 15:37:44 EST

What we've seen on our embedded ARM is that enabling an interrupt that
is shared between multiple UARTs, at a stage when you have not set up
all the data structures touched by the ISR and softirq, can have
horrible consequences, including soft lockups and fandangos on core.
You will be vulnerable to this unless you lock out the interrupt
source (at the interrupt controller or, if you have to, globally)
across the UART registration process in your platform's
arch/mach-dependent core.c, in which case the TX irq test will of
course fail. Roll-your-own SoC UARTs with bugs or "extended features"
in IRQ enabling and delivery make things worse.

I would love to see this disentangled in a maintainable way. It's
such a nasty problem (especially given that bootloaders and early boot
code frequently turn on one or more UARTs and leave them in an unknown
state) that all we've been able to do so far is hack around it. I'll
send an example patch when we've more or less isolated it, but it will
be of limited use to you unless you have the exact set of UART warpage
we do.

- Michael
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at