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Date:	Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:52:59 +0200
From:	Nicolas Ferre <>
To:	<>, <>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
CC:	<>,
	Ludovic Desroches <>,
	Jean-Christophe PLAGNIOL-VILLARD <>,
	Nicolas Ferre <>
Subject: [PATCH for 3.9-final] dmaengine: at_hdmac: fix race condition in atc_advance_work()

From: Ludovic Desroches <>

The BUG_ON() directive is triggered probably due to a latency modification
following inclusion of c10d736 (softirq: reduce latencies).
This condition has not been met before 3.9-rc1 and doesn't trigger without
this patch.

We now make sure that DMA channel is idle before calling atc_complete_all()
which makes the BUG_ON() "protection" useless.

Signed-off-by: Ludovic Desroches <>
Signed-off-by: Nicolas Ferre <>
Acked-by: Vinod Koul <>

I re-send the patch with Vinod's acknowledgement and a little "for 3.9-final"
tag to make sure that you see it before the 3.9 release.

We have identified a race condition on the Atmel ARM-based AT91 DMA controller
driver that leads to hitting a BUG_ON() directive.
This error, only triggered after the inclusion of a patch that reduces the
softirq latency, is affecting several AT91 SoCs and can be seen
as a regression by people using the dmaengine driver (on NAND flash
accesses for instance).

I know that it is late in the development cycle but can you please consider
including it in your tree before 3.9-final?

Thanks a lot, best regards,

Nicolas Ferre

 drivers/dma/at_hdmac.c | 9 ++++-----
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/dma/at_hdmac.c b/drivers/dma/at_hdmac.c
index 6e13f26..88cfc61 100644
--- a/drivers/dma/at_hdmac.c
+++ b/drivers/dma/at_hdmac.c
@@ -310,8 +310,6 @@ static void atc_complete_all(struct at_dma_chan *atchan)
 	dev_vdbg(chan2dev(&atchan->chan_common), "complete all\n");
-	BUG_ON(atc_chan_is_enabled(atchan));
 	 * Submit queued descriptors ASAP, i.e. before we go through
 	 * the completed ones.
@@ -368,6 +366,9 @@ static void atc_advance_work(struct at_dma_chan *atchan)
 	dev_vdbg(chan2dev(&atchan->chan_common), "advance_work\n");
+	if (atc_chan_is_enabled(atchan))
+		return;
 	if (list_empty(&atchan->active_list) ||
 	    list_is_singular(&atchan->active_list)) {
@@ -1078,9 +1079,7 @@ static void atc_issue_pending(struct dma_chan *chan)
 	spin_lock_irqsave(&atchan->lock, flags);
-	if (!atc_chan_is_enabled(atchan)) {
-		atc_advance_work(atchan);
-	}
+	atc_advance_work(atchan);
 	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&atchan->lock, flags);

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