Re: [PATCH] Correctly flush 8250 buffers, notify ldisc of linestatus changes.

From: David Woodhouse
Date: Tue Nov 09 2004 - 09:41:57 EST

On Tue, 2004-11-09 at 13:17 +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> What the callback does is provide a notification *before* the data
> arrives, and easily 2mS out which calls a line discipline function that
> cannot sleep and cannot viably interact with the data stream.

Actually I needed it to respond to CTS going away, and it provides a
notification *before* the data are *sent*. Which lets me know that the
first bytes of my packet were dropped by the automatic contention
detection circuitry and I need to flush the rest of the packet from the
FIFO rather than letting the hardware driver wait for CTS to come back
then then send a corrupt half-packet.

> Now when you add it to the flip buffer as another event like errors the
> line discipline knows the approximate time it occurred, has defined
> semantics for ordering and queuing and can respond by flipping its modem
> signals. You can actually *use* it to implement things like half-duplex
> and multidrop.

That solves a different problem, and isn't quite as useful to me. I want
to be able to respond to CTS going low as quickly as possible, by
flushing the rest of the characters from the outgoing queue. I was happy
enough with using a tasklet to actually call the flush method, to avoid
the deadlock you pointed out without changing the locking of all the
hardware drivers).

> Andrew - please reject the patch.

I'll submit the bit which makes the flush_buffer method work on its own.
Alan, would you care to offer a viable alternative which solves the
problem I'm interested in?


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