Re: [PATCH v3 02/12] ARM: edma: Don't clear EMR of channel in edma_stop

From: Sekhar Nori
Date: Mon Aug 12 2013 - 00:26:19 EST

On 8/8/2013 5:19 PM, Sekhar Nori wrote:
> On Monday 05 August 2013 09:44 PM, Joel Fernandes wrote:
>> We certainly don't want error conditions to be cleared any other
>> place but the EDMA error handler, as this will make us 'forget'
>> about missed events we might need to know errors have occurred.
>> This fixes a race condition where the EMR was being cleared
>> by the transfer completion interrupt handler.
>> Basically, what was happening was:
>> Missed event
>> |
>> |
>> V
>> SG1-SG2-SG3-Null
>> \
>> \__TC Interrupt (Almost same time as ARM is executing
>> TC interrupt handler, an event got missed and also forgotten
>> by clearing the EMR).
>> This causes the following problems:
>> 1.
>> If error interrupt is also pending and TC interrupt clears the EMR
>> by calling edma_stop as has been observed in the edma_callback function,
>> the ARM will execute the error interrupt even though the EMR is clear.
>> As a result, the dma_ccerr_handler returns IRQ_NONE. If this happens
>> enough number of times, IRQ subsystem disables the interrupt thinking
>> its spurious which makes error handler never execute again.
>> 2.
>> Also even if error handler doesn't return IRQ_NONE, the removing of EMR
>> removes the knowledge about which channel had a missed event, and thus
>> a manual trigger on such channels cannot be performed.
>> The EMR is ultimately being cleared by the Error interrupt handler
>> once it is handled so we remove code that does it in edma_stop and
>> allow it to happen there.
>> Signed-off-by: Joel Fernandes <joelf@xxxxxx>
> Queuing this for v3.11 fixes. While committing, I changed the headline
> to remove capitalization and made it more readable by removing register
> level details. The new headline is:
> ARM: edma: don't clear missed events in edma_stop()

Forgot to ask, should this be tagged for stable? IOW, how serious is
this race in current kernel (without the entire series applied)? I have
never observed it myself - so please provide details how easy/difficult
it is to hit this condition.

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