[PATCH] xsa_use_interrupts flag [WAS: xilinx_sysace]

Jeff Angielski jeff at theptrgroup.com
Thu Sep 23 23:36:00 EST 2004

On Wed, 2004-09-22 at 21:12, Jon Masters wrote:
> On Sun, 19 Sep 2004 21:18:14 +0100, Jon Masters <jonmasters at gmail.com> wrote:
> > It's as I thought on and off and then on again - the code checks out
> > ok (it's not pretty but it works) - and I seem to be getting unwanted
> > extra unhandled interrupts from the hardware. This driver needs a lot
> > of cleanup anyway - it doesn't handle these kinds of error state, nor
> > does it handle the removal of a mounted CompactFlash, and a dozen
> > other typical problems. I'll post a patch when I've solved the main
> > problem - moan at me by private mail if you're using this, having
> > similar issues, and feel like helping.
> Hi all,
> I have spoken to a number of people about this ongoing issue with the
> Xilinx System ACE hardware that I am using (I have a Memec board - not
> the Xilinx one) and the fact that the hardware insists on generating
> an extra interrupt on SectorWrite operations which is neither
> documented nor otherwise explainable (but I'd love it if someone would
> enlighten me).

We are using the SystemACE on our custom MPC8260 platform and I do not
recall seeing extra interrupts on the sector writes.

However, we did uncover some general interrupt issues with interrupt
handling in the PPC kernel.  We were seeing a large number of BAD
interrupts in /proc/interrupts.  Unfortunately, the only information I
have on the work around is this email snippet that I saved:

<begin snippet>
> > This problem was discussed on mailing list before also and you can
> > eliminate this problem by inserting a sync instruction at a
> certainplace in the 8260 interrupt handling code. See, for example,
> > http://www.geocrawler.com/archives/3/8358/2002/11/100/10173445/
> > 
> > Add a __asm__ volatile("sync"); at the end of the m8260_mask_and_ack
> > function in arch/ppc/kernel/ppc8260_pic.c to fix it.
<end snippet>

Jeff Angielski
The PTR Group

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