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Date:	Thu, 22 Nov 2007 16:48:53 -0800
To:	Kyle McMartin <>
Subject: Re: Where is the interrupt going?

I tried the hammer and the problem persists.
observer@bbb:~$ cat /proc/cmdline
root=UUID=8b3c3666-22c3-4c04-b399-ece266f2ef30 ro noapic quiet splash

However, I reserve the right to try the hammer again in the future.  
When I look at /proc/interrupts without the APIC:
observer@bbb:~$ cat /proc/interrupts
   0:        144    XT-PIC-XT        timer
   1:         10    XT-PIC-XT        i8042
   2:          0    XT-PIC-XT        cascade
   5:     100000    XT-PIC-XT        ohci_hcd:usb5, mxser
   6:          5    XT-PIC-XT        floppy
   7:          1    XT-PIC-XT        parport0
   8:          3    XT-PIC-XT        rtc
   9:          1    XT-PIC-XT        acpi, uhci_hcd:usb2
  10:     100000    XT-PIC-XT        ohci_hcd:usb4, ehci_hcd:usb6,  
  11:       2231    XT-PIC-XT        uhci_hcd:usb1, ohci_hcd:usb3, eth0
  12:        130    XT-PIC-XT        i8042
  14:       4362    XT-PIC-XT        libata
  15:      15315    XT-PIC-XT        libata
NMI:          0
LOC:     130125
ERR:          0
MIS:          0

I do not even see the device that I registered unless it is that  
r128... line. However the code printed out in /var/log/messages:
Nov 22 16:05:27 bbb kernel: [  104.712473] apc8620: VID = 0x10B5
Nov 22 16:05:27 bbb kernel: [  104.712486] apc8620: mapped addr = e0bd4000
Nov 22 16:05:27 bbb kernel: [  104.713022] apc8620: registered carrier 0
Nov 22 16:05:27 bbb kernel: [  104.713028] apc8620: interrupt data  
(0xe1083e40) on irq (10) and status (0x10)

which indicates it successfully registered without being shared. When  
I have more time, I will changed the code to be a shared IRQ and try  
the noapic again.

However, without the noapic /proc/interrupts looks like:
observer@bbb:~$ cat /proc/interrupts
   0:        154   IO-APIC-edge      timer
   1:         10   IO-APIC-edge      i8042
   6:          5   IO-APIC-edge      floppy
   7:          0   IO-APIC-edge      parport0
   8:          3   IO-APIC-edge      rtc
   9:          1   IO-APIC-fasteoi   acpi
  10:          0   IO-APIC-edge      apc8620
  12:        130   IO-APIC-edge      i8042
  14:       2861   IO-APIC-edge      libata
  15:       1049   IO-APIC-edge      libata
  16:     100001   IO-APIC-fasteoi   ohci_hcd:usb5, mxser
  17:          0   IO-APIC-fasteoi   uhci_hcd:usb1, ohci_hcd:usb3
  18:          0   IO-APIC-fasteoi   uhci_hcd:usb2
  19:        187   IO-APIC-fasteoi   eth0
  20:          0   IO-APIC-fasteoi   ohci_hcd:usb4, r128@pci:0000:01:00.0
  21:          0   IO-APIC-fasteoi   ehci_hcd:usb6
NMI:          0
LOC:       8820
ERR:          0
MIS:          0

I have attached the kernel module. The apc8620 is an IndustryPack  
carrier card. I can therefore open up N (in this specific case 5) sub  
memory windows in the memory mapped PCI address. The kernel module  
keeps track of the slot offsets from the memory mapped address so that  
the user can simply use read and write instead of a zillion ugly ioctl  
calls. Because the kernel module tracks the slot offsets, I place acp  
state into the private data of the file pointer. There can also be  
multiple carriers on the bus. So, the array in the kernel module keeps  
track of the card specific details with the file pointer the slot  
specific information. Both are the same structure (bad on my part I  
know but I never intended to show my dirty underwear). To get data  
from interrupts (asynchronous IO) I was using readv. Now I am using  
aio_read and had to make some minor changes that you will see comments  
about to accomidate the change.

Just noticed that r128 is not the carrier card...

Thanks for all of the help so far and I hope this information is helpful.

I almost forgot. I also attached the dmesg output and will try the  
irqpoll as it suggests. It is just the IRQ 16 is not the one I am  
looking for, but is probably related to my mxser problems that I will  
get to later.

Quoting Kyle McMartin <>, on Wed 21 Nov 2007 06:20:04 PM PST:

> On Wed, Nov 21, 2007 at 05:08:30PM -0800, Al Niessner wrote:
>> On with the detailed technical information. I developed a kernel module
>> for an PCI card back in 2.4, moved it to 2.6.3, then 2.6.11 or so and
>> now I am trying to move it to 2.6.22. When I began the to move to
>> 2.6.22, I changed all of the deprecated calls for finding the card on
>> the PCI bus, modified the interrupt handler prototype, and changed my
>> readvv/writev to aio_read/aio_write following
>> So initialization looks like this:
> Hi Al,
> From the sounds of it, you might have an interrupt routing problem. Can
> you describe the machine you have this plugged into? Possibly attaching
> a copy of "dmesg" and "/proc/interrupts"?
> Feel free to attach the driver source to your email if the size is
> reasonable (which it sounds like it is.)
> As a "big hammer" in case it is an APIC problem, please try booting the
> kernel with the "noapic" parameter.
> cheers,
> 	Kyle

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