Xilinx PIC and kernel interrupt handler

Martin, Tim tim.martin at viasat.com
Tue Aug 1 04:06:18 EST 2006

Regarding the IVR patch:  Have you seen this bug in practice, or just
from examining the code?

The reason I ask is I've recently looked at this myself, and was under
the impression that "w" is the width of the data bus (DB) (per page 9 of
dcr_intc.pdf).  So regardless of how many interrupt sources are
connected, assuming the data bus width is 32 bits, w=32.

I've specifically confirmed this is true if you have less than 32
interrupt sources connected, the one named INT0 shows up in bit position
31 (w-1 for w=32 is 31) of the ISR and IPR.  Bit position 31 in PPC
notation is the LSB.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: linuxppc-embedded-bounces+tmartin=viasat.com at ozlabs.org 
> [mailto:linuxppc-embedded-bounces+tmartin=viasat.com at ozlabs.or
> g] On Behalf Of Stig Telfer
> Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 6:51 AM
> To: linuxppc-embedded at ozlabs.org
> Subject: Xilinx PIC and kernel interrupt handler 
> Hi -
> There appears to be a kernel bug in the 2.4 and 
> kernel trees relating to reading the interrupt vector from 
> the Xilinx PIC
> (xilinx_pic_get_irq() in xilinx_pic.c).  As I see it, here's the
> problem: If no interrupt is pending, the register should read 
> all ones. 
>   However, the IVR is only as wide as the number of interrupt 
> sources.  
> The routine mistakenly assumes sign extension and checks for 
> a 32-bit read of -1 instead of a read of w bits where w is 
> the number of connected interrupt sources.
> The 2.6 version also has a search-and-replace glitch relating 
> to removal of the reversal of bit numbering.  I have attached 
> a two line patch (for that makes the IVR comparison 
> against the right bit pattern and removes the remnants of the 
> former bit-reversal code.
> Share and enjoy,
> Stig Telfer

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