[PATCH] tty: serial: msm: Disable restoring Rx interrupts for DMA Mode

Stephen Boyd sboyd at codeaurora.org
Wed May 11 18:41:26 PDT 2016

On 05/10, Abhishek Sahu wrote:
> From: Charanya <charanya at codeaurora.org>

Was it intentional to only have one name here?

> The Data loss was happening with current QCOM MSM serial driver during
> large file transfer due to simultaneous enabling of both UART and
> DMA interrupt. When UART operates in DMA mode, RXLEV (Rx FIFO over
> watermark) or RXSTALE (stale interrupts) should not be enabled,
> since these conditions will be handled by DMA controller itself.
> If these interrupts are enabled then normal UART ISR will read some
> bytes of data from Rx Buffer and DMA controller will not receive
> these bytes of data, which will cause data loss.
> Now this patch removed the code for enabling of RXLEV and RXSTALE
> interrupt in DMA Rx completion routine.

I'm lost, we keep both these irqs masked (well only if uartdm
version is 1.4 or greater) pretty much the entire time we're
using DMA for RX. msm_start_rx_dma() will mask them and then when
the callback completes we'll unmask them (the part that's deleted
in this patch), but then we'll go back and remask them almost
immediately because we call msm_start_rx_dma() from the dma
completion handler.

Can you clearly describe how this is actually fixing any
problems? What's the sequence of events that happens to cause

This does raise the question though why we ever mask/unmask these
interrupts if we're always going to keep them masked while doing
DMA RX. Presumably if we can use DMA to RX, we can always use it
and set things up properly at startup time instead of later on.

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