[PATCH] mailbox/bcm2835: Fix mailbox full detection.

Stephen Warren swarren at wwwdotorg.org
Thu May 28 13:45:35 PDT 2015

On 05/13/2015 02:10 PM, Eric Anholt wrote:
> With the VC reader blocked and the ARM writing, MAIL0_STA reads empty
> permanently while MAIL1_STA goes from empty (0x40000000) to non-empty
> (0x00000001-0x00000007) to full (0x80000008).
> This bug ended up having no effect on us, because all of our
> transactions in the client driver were synchronous and under a mutex.

If you could get someone at the RPi Foundation or Broadcom to update the 
register descriptions and example code at the following URLs, that would 
be rather useful. Otherwise, this code will appear incorrect when 
compared against the documentation:

("Mailbox registers" at the bottom)

("Sample code")

> diff --git a/drivers/mailbox/bcm2835-mailbox.c b/drivers/mailbox/bcm2835-mailbox.c

> @@ -117,7 +118,7 @@ static bool bcm2835_last_tx_done(struct mbox_chan *link)
>   	bool ret;
>   	spin_lock(&mbox->lock);
> -	ret = !(readl(mbox->regs + MAIL0_STA) & ARM_MS_FULL);
> +	ret = !(readl(mbox->regs + MAIL1_STA) & ARM_MS_FULL);

What does "tx done" mean semantically?

If "tx done" means "remote side received all our messages", then surely 
this should check MAIL1_STA for emptiness, which is different to the 
"not full" check implemented here?

If "tx done" means "there's space to transmit more messages", then 
consider this:

Acked-by: Stephen Warren <swarren at wwwdotorg.org>

... and I guess I'll need to fix U-Boot for the same issue.

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