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Date:   Sat, 4 Jul 2020 14:37:14 +0300
From:   Andy Shevchenko <>
To:     Sergey Senozhatsky <>,
        Andy Shevchenko <>
Cc:     Tony Lindgren <>, Petr Mladek <>,
        Raul Rangel <>,
        Sergey Senozhatsky <>,
        linux-kernel <>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,, "S, Shirish" <>,
        Peter Zijlstra <>,
        John Ogness <>,
        Steven Rostedt <>
Subject: Re: UART/TTY console deadlock

On Fri, Jul 3, 2020 at 1:53 PM Sergey Senozhatsky
<> wrote:
> On (20/07/02 11:20), Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> >
> > I didn't look into this deeply, but my understanding that this is something for
> > special case when you have several UART ports sharing the IRQ (multi-port card)
> > and IRQ even maybe undesirable b/c it will confuse real IRQ handler. I don't
> > remember details, but AFAIR IRQ handler does a busyloop to service as much as
> > possible and in between it may release the lock (again, multi-port UART cards),
> > that's why we better avoid IRQ event in the first place.
> > But it's my pure speculation.
> Hmm. Would different IRQ handlers use different UART port structures? ->irq
> might be the only thing they share. Even if they use the same port, we
> keep IRQs disabled on local CPU, and UART port locked. To unlock the UART
> port during IRQ, the handler (on another CPU) first needs to acquire the
> port->lock, which is locked by serial8250_do_startup().

It appears to be a RT kernel related. Don't know the state of affairs
in RT nowadays, but maybe still relevant.
See the commit 768aec0b5bcc ("serial: 8250: fix shared interrupts
issues with SMP and RT kernels").

With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

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