Re: [RFC PATCH 0/2] irqchip: GIC: check and clear GIC interupt active status

From: Will Deacon
Date: Fri Jul 11 2014 - 08:36:01 EST

[adding Marc]

On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 07:46:15AM +0100, Liu Hua wrote:
> For this version of GIC codes, kernel assumes that all the interrupt
> status of GIC is inactive. So the kernel does not check this when
> booting.
> This is no problem on must sitations. But when kdump is deplayed.
> And a panic occurs when a interrupt is being handled (may be PPI
> and SPI). We have no chance to write relative bit to GICC_EOIR.
> So this interrupt remains active. And GIC will not deliver this
> type interrupt to cpu interface. And the capture kernel may
> fail to boot becase of lacking of certain interrupt (such as timer
> interupt).
> I glanced over the GIC Architecture Specification, but did not
> find a simple way to deactive state of all interrupts. For GICv1,
> I can only deal with one abnormal interrupt state one time. For
> GICv2, I can deactive 32 one time.
> So guys, Do you know a better way to do that?

What happens if, in the crash kernel, you disable the CPU interfaces
(GICC_CTLR.ENABLE) then disable the distributor (GICD_CTLR.ENABLE) before
enabling everything again in the reverse order? Is that enough to cause the
GIC to drop any active states? It's not clear to me from a quick look at
the TRM.

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