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Date:	Mon, 15 Oct 2007 18:17:55 -0400
From:	Jeff Garzik <>
To:	Manfred Spraul <>
CC:	Ayaz Abdulla <>, nedev <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	David Miller <>,
	Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: MSI interrupts and disable_irq

Manfred Spraul wrote:
> Jeff Garzik wrote:
>> I think the scenario you outline is an illustration of the approach's 
>> fragility:  disable_irq() is a heavy hammer that originated with INTx, 
>> and it relies on a chip-specific disable method (kernel/irq/manage.c) 
>> that practically guarantees behavior will vary across MSI/INTx/etc.
> I checked the code: IRQ_DISABLE is implemented in software, i.e. 
> handle_level_irq() only calls handle_IRQ_event() [and then the nic irq 
> handler] if IRQ_DISABLE is not set.
> OTHO: The last trace looks as if nv_do_nic_poll() is interrupted by an irq.
> Perhaps something corrupts dev->irq? The irq is requested with
>    request_irq(np->pci_dev->irq, handler, IRQF_SHARED, dev->name, dev)
> and disabled with
>    disable_irq_lockdep(dev->irq);
> Someone around with a MSI capable board? The forcedeth driver does
>    dev->irq = pci_dev->irq
> in nv_probe(), especially before pci_enable_msi().
> Does pci_enable_msi() change pci_dev->irq? Then we would disable the 
> wrong interrupt....

Remember, fundamentally MSI-X is a one-to-many relationship, when you 
consider a single PCI device might have multiple vectors.


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