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Date:	Wed, 16 May 2007 12:57:44 -0700
From:	Rick Jones <rick.jones2@...com>
To:	Jeff Garzik <jeff@...zik.org>
Cc:	"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>,
	Auke Kok <auke-jan.h.kok@...el.com>, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	e1000-devel@...ts.sourceforge.net
Subject: Re: [PATCH] e1000: Fix msi enable leak on error, don't print error
 message,	cleanup

Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Rick Jones wrote:
> 
>> But that is rather incidental isn't it?  Would some sort of system 
>> health monitor be likely to be checking that for interrupt flavors?  And 
> 
> 
> Well, that's where the information is exported in a standard way.  I 
> hope you're not suggesting that a system health monitor should be 
> parsing random, driver-specific printk messages to obtain the same 
> information?

No, I wouldn't.  The only "system health monitor" I would expect to be parsing 
that sort of thing would be a human.   Perhaps I'm just backing-into the meta 
question via the specifics of this driver patch.

>> just looking at /proc/interrupts, while it tells you what sort of 
>> interrupt is being used, it doesn't (IIRC) say anything about what 
>> sort of interrupt the driver _tried_ to use.
> 
> 
> True.
> 
> In the context of this thread, it could be any number of reasons:  MSI 
> isn't compiled in.  MSI was disabled at runtime via kernel command line. 
>  MSI was disabled by BIOS quirk.  MSI enable was attempted, but failed 
> for some reason.
> 
> None of those reasons are really driver-specific, or need 
> driver-specific complaint messages.

Agreed.  But is the PCI (?) subsystem doing something in that regard or is this 
a hole?

rick jones
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