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Subject[PATCH] tty: serial_core: Set port active bit in uart_port_activate
A bug was introduced by commit b3b576461864 ("tty: serial_core: convert
uart_open to use tty_port_open"). It caused a constant warning printed
into the system log regarding the tty and port counter mismatch:

[ 21.644197] ttyS ttySx: tty_port_close_start: tty->count = 1 port count = 2

in case if session hangup was detected so the warning is printed starting
from the second open-close iteration.

Particularly the problem was discovered in situation when there is a
serial tty device without hardware back-end being setup. It is considered
by the tty-serial subsystems as a hardware problem with session hang up.
In this case uart_startup() will return a positive value with TTY_IO_ERROR
flag set in corresponding tty_struct instance. The same value will get
passed to be returned from the activate() callback and then being returned
from tty_port_open(). But since in this case tty_port_block_til_ready()
isn't called the TTY_PORT_ACTIVE flag isn't set (while the method had been
called before tty_port_open conversion was introduced and the rest of the
subsystem code expected the bit being set in this case), which prevents the
uart_hangup() method to perform any cleanups including the tty port
counter setting to zero. So the next attempt to open/close the tty device
will discover the counters mismatch.

In order to fix the problem we need to manually set the TTY_PORT_ACTIVE
flag in case if uart_startup() returned a positive value. In this case
the hang up procedure will perform a full set of cleanup actions including
the port ref-counter resetting.

Fixes: b3b576461864 "tty: serial_core: convert uart_open to use tty_port_open"
Signed-off-by: Serge Semin <>
drivers/tty/serial/serial_core.c | 7 ++++++-
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/tty/serial/serial_core.c b/drivers/tty/serial/serial_core.c
index 351843f847c0..9113e07952d1 100644
--- a/drivers/tty/serial/serial_core.c
+++ b/drivers/tty/serial/serial_core.c
@@ -1776,6 +1776,7 @@ static int uart_port_activate(struct tty_port *port, struct tty_struct *tty)
struct uart_state *state = container_of(port, struct uart_state, port);
struct uart_port *uport;
+ int ret;

uport = uart_port_check(state);
if (!uport || uport->flags & UPF_DEAD)
@@ -1786,7 +1787,11 @@ static int uart_port_activate(struct tty_port *port, struct tty_struct *tty)
* Start up the serial port.
- return uart_startup(tty, state, 0);
+ ret = uart_startup(tty, state, 0);
+ if (ret > 0)
+ tty_port_set_active(port, 1);
+ return ret;

static const char *uart_type(struct uart_port *port)
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