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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/7] gpio: brcmstb: release the bgpio lock during irq handlers
On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 7:09 PM, Doug Berger <> wrote:
> On 10/03/2017 06:55 PM, Gregory Fong wrote:
>> Hi Doug,
>> On Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 8:40 PM, Doug Berger <> wrote:
>>> The basic memory-mapped GPIO controller lock must be released
>>> before calling the registered GPIO interrupt handlers to allow
>>> the interrupt handlers to access the hardware. Otherwise, the
>>> hardware accesses will deadlock when they attempt to grab the
>>> lock.
>> I was having some trouble understanding exactly what the problem was
>> here, but I think I see it now. Since this locks the entire bank,
>> where some GPIOs might be set as inputs and some as inputs (and
>> interrupt sources), then an interrupt on a GPIO that is supposed to
>> set another GPIO in the bank would result in deadlock. Is that
>> correct? If so, please update the commit message to make that clear,
>> and nice fix. If not that, it would be nice to know what scenario can
>> cause a problem.
> That is an example, but there are really many possibilities.
> Basically, if a registered interrupt handler wants to access its GPIO
> you are likely to run into trouble. Another example might be an
> interrupt that is configured to trigger on either edge transition and
> the handler wants to know whether the input is currently high or low.
> I can submit a V2 with a change in the description if you would like,
> but I'm not sure what the clearest example would be.

If you could just mention both of these possible cases, that would be
great! With that change,

Acked-by: Gregory Fong <>

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