Re: [PATCH] acpi: Avoid dropping rapid hotkey events (or other GPEs)on Asus EeePC

From: Alexey Starikovskiy
Date: Thu Jul 17 2008 - 12:45:48 EST

Alan Jenkins wrote:
Alexey Starikovskiy wrote:
Hi Alan,

Could you please test if your patch works with the last patch in #10919?

Vacuously so.

My patch still applies, but #10919 makes it obsolete.
Not so, there are two polls in ec.c, first is poll for change in status register,
which gave the name to the mode, and still exists; the other is for event
in embedded controller, which was introduced to properly solve #9998, and part of
it is removed by patch in #10919.
My patch fixed a
bug that shows up in polling mode. #10919 kills polling mode.

I've tested v2.6.26 + #10919 and it works fine (except for spamming the
kernel log - please read my Bugzilla comment).

It appears that interrupt mode suffered from a race which is very
similar to my original problem. If two GPE interrupts arrive before the
workqueue runs, then the second interrupt will be ignored because
EC_FLAGS_QUERY_PENDING is still set. This will happen with any EC if
interrupts are very close together, right?
The notion of queue in embedded controller is new, it was never mentioned in
ACPI spec, so the driver was written with assumption that new query interrupt should
not arrive before we service previous one. There is even a chart in how interrupts
should occur near the EC query command...

I think my patch also fixes this theoretical problem.
I think, this is not a theoretical problem, but the problem we've tried to solve in
#9998, #10724, and so on.
But I'd rather
you took over on this. I was already confused by ec.c in v2.6.26, and
with #10919 I understand it even less. E.g. why is
ec_switch_to_poll_mode() still present; what does it do now do_ec_poll()
is removed?
See above, I still disable EC GPE for the time than we have pending query,
so we better not wait for it to check the status register

I'm happy to work on this with you, but I'd need to be able understand
the code first :-(.
Well, with this patch of yours, I guess, we will not have too many problems in EC left :-)


Thanks again,
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