Re: [PATCH] Fix irqpoll on IA64 (timer interrupt != 0)

From: Andrew Morton <>
Date: 2007-03-23 08:09:22
On Tue, 20 Mar 2007 16:00:27 +0100
Bernhard Walle <> wrote:

> On IA64, the timer interrupt is not (always?) zero as it is on x86 platforms.
> Also, the timer interrupt is CPU-local. Two things need to be changed to make
> the irqpoll option make also working on IA64:
>   o Call note_interrupt() also on CPU-local interrupts in __do_IRQ().
>   o Set a variable timer_irq to the value of the timer interrupt
>     after the timer interrupt has been registered and assigned.
> That requires changes in Linux-generic files. The default of timer_irq is 0, so
> the patch doesn't break i386/x86_64. However, other platforms also may also
> have a timer interrupt non-equal to zero, so they can also use the new
> set_timer_interrupt() function.

Couple of things..

I think the term 'timer_interrupt' is a bit generic-sounding.  Would it be
better to call it irqpoll_interrupt?  After all, some architecture might
want to use, umm, the keyboard interrupt to trigger IRQ polling ;)  

Also, the code presently passes the magic IRQ number into the generic IRQ
code.  I wonder if we'd get a more pleasing result if we were to make the
generic IRQ code call _out_ to the architecture:

diff -puN kernel/irq/spurious.c~a kernel/irq/spurious.c
--- a/kernel/irq/spurious.c~a
+++ a/kernel/irq/spurious.c
@@ -135,6 +135,11 @@ report_bad_irq(unsigned int irq, struct 
+bool __attribute__((weak)) arch_is_irqpoll_irq(unsigned int irq)
+	return false;
 void note_interrupt(unsigned int irq, struct irq_desc *desc,
 		    irqreturn_t action_ret)
@@ -146,7 +151,8 @@ void note_interrupt(unsigned int irq, st
 	if (unlikely(irqfixup)) {
 		/* Don't punish working computers */
-		if ((irqfixup == 2 && irq == 0) || action_ret == IRQ_NONE) {
+		if ((irqfixup == 2 && arch_is_irqpoll_irq(irq)) ||
+				action_ret == IRQ_NONE) {
 			int ok = misrouted_irq(irq);
 			if (action_ret == IRQ_NONE)
 				desc->irqs_unhandled -= ok;
diff -puN include/linux/irq.h~a include/linux/irq.h
--- a/include/linux/irq.h~a
+++ a/include/linux/irq.h
@@ -314,6 +314,7 @@ static inline void generic_handle_irq(un
 /* Handling of unhandled and spurious interrupts: */
 extern void note_interrupt(unsigned int irq, struct irq_desc *desc,
 			   int action_ret);
+extern bool arch_is_irqpoll_irq(unsigned int irq);
 /* Resending of interrupts :*/
 void check_irq_resend(struct irq_desc *desc, unsigned int irq);

Then, ia64 can implement arch_is_irqpoll_irq() and it can do whatever it
wants in there.

The __attribute__((weak)) thing adds a little bit of overhead, but I don't
think this is a fastpath?

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Received on Fri Mar 23 08:10:24 2007

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