[PATCH v4 REPOST] Revert "serial/amba-pl011: Leave the TX IRQ alone when the UART is not open"

Dave Martin Dave.Martin at arm.com
Fri May 8 06:07:50 PDT 2015

This reverts commit f2ee6dfa0e8597eea8b98d240b0033994e20d215.

Jakub Kiciński observed that this patch can cause the pl011
driver to hang if if the only process with a pl011 port open is
killed by a signal, pl011_shutdown() can get called with an
arbitrary amount of data still in the FIFO.

Calling _shutdown() with the TX FIFO non-empty is questionable
behaviour and my itself be a bug.

Since the affected patch was speculative anyway, and brings limited
benefit, the simplest course is to remove the assumption that TXIS
will always be left asserted after the port is shut down.

Signed-off-by: Dave Martin <Dave.Martin at arm.com>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh at linuxfoundation.org>

 drivers/tty/serial/amba-pl011.c |    5 ++++-
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

The original patch was a misguided optimisation and introduces a bug
that can lead to driver deadlock.  Some people are hitting this in

The revert is straightfoward: please consider applying it for v4.1.

This revert has already been posted to linux-serial and applied in
tty-next, but is not yet scheduled for v4.1.


diff --git a/drivers/tty/serial/amba-pl011.c b/drivers/tty/serial/amba-pl011.c
index 5a4e9d5..6f5a072 100644
--- a/drivers/tty/serial/amba-pl011.c
+++ b/drivers/tty/serial/amba-pl011.c
@@ -1639,6 +1639,9 @@ static int pl011_startup(struct uart_port *port)
 	writew(uap->vendor->ifls, uap->port.membase + UART011_IFLS);
+	/* Assume that TX IRQ doesn't work until we see one: */
+	uap->tx_irq_seen = 0;
 	/* restore RTS and DTR */
@@ -1702,7 +1705,7 @@ static void pl011_shutdown(struct uart_port *port)
 	uap->im = 0;
 	writew(uap->im, uap->port.membase + UART011_IMSC);
-	writew(0xffff & ~UART011_TXIS, uap->port.membase + UART011_ICR);
+	writew(0xffff, uap->port.membase + UART011_ICR);

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