[Intel-wired-lan] [PATCH v2 2/4] e1000e: Do not read icr in Other interrupt

Alexander Duyck alexander.duyck at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 23:26:22 UTC 2015

On 11/04/2015 03:19 PM, Benjamin Poirier wrote:
> On 2015/10/30 12:19, Alexander Duyck wrote:
>> On 10/30/2015 10:31 AM, Benjamin Poirier wrote:
>>> Using eiac instead of reading icr allows us to avoid interference with
>>> rx and tx interrupts in the Other interrupt handler.
>>> According to the 82574 datasheet section, interrupt causes that
>>> trigger the Other interrupt are
>>> 1) Link Status Change.
>>> 2) Receiver Overrun.
>>> 3) MDIO Access Complete.
>>> 4) Small Receive Packet Detected.
>>> 5) Receive ACK Frame Detected.
>>> 6) Manageability Event Detected.
>>> Causes 3, 4, 5 are related to features which are not enabled by the
>>> driver. Always assume that cause 1 is what triggered the Other interrupt
>>> and set get_link_status. Cause 2 and 6 should be rare enough that the
>>> extra cost of needlessly re-reading the link status is negligible.
>>> Signed-off-by: Benjamin Poirier <bpoirier at suse.com>
>> You might want to instead use a write of LSC to the ICR instead of just
>> using auto-clear and not enabling LSC.  My concern is that you might no
>> longer be getting link status change events at all.  An easy test is to just
>> unplug/plug the cable a few times, or run "ethtool -r" on the link partner
>> if connected back to back.  You should see messages appear in the dmesg log
>> indicating that the link state changed.
>> In addition you should probably clear the IAME bit in the CTRL_EXT register
>> so that you don't risk masking the interrupts on the ICR read or write.
> Thanks, your concern about not getting LSC events was right. After more
> experimentation I noticed that in order for the Other interrupt to be
> raised for each of these six conditions, the IMS bit for that condition
> must also be set. I've restored setting LSC in IMS. OTOH, I don't see a
> need to clear LSC from ICR. Even without an ICR read or write-to-clear
> to clear the LSC bit, Other interrupts are raised to signal LSC events.
> I'll wait for net-next to reopen and send v3.

You probably don't need to wait.  The Intel-wired tree operates outside 
of Dave's merge window, and it will take some time for the patches to be 
validated before the Jeff can submit them to Dave.

- Alex

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