Re: [REGRESSION] "USB: use kfifo to buffer usb-generic serialwrites" causes gobi_loader to hang

From: Alan Cox
Date: Tue Jan 19 2010 - 11:25:49 EST

On Tue, 19 Jan 2010 16:25:36 +0100
Johan Hovold <jhovold@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> > > The log shows no call to usb_serial_generic_write_room()
> > > Do you consider this a bug in the tty layer?
> >
> > Actually this all makes sense because of where it was hanging. A reply of
> > 0 to the tty->ops->write will cause it to either return (O_NONBLOCK) or
> > sleep in the n_tty write code waiting for a write_wait wakeup
> > (tty_wakeup(tty))
> >
> > So the fix does indeed look correct.
> Is it really a fix? If the fifo is already full the write urb should be
> in use and Oliver's patch would amount to only a minor optimisation as
> usb_serial_generic_write_start would return 0 anyway.

IF the write returns a zero then it will sleep in n_tty waiting for a
wakeup when the FIFO level drops sufficiently. If that isn't working
check that all cases where data is cleared from the FIFO called
tty_wakeup and do so *after* the FIFO has been partly emptied and the
locking has ensured the space is visible to the write side.
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