[Xenomai] Only 2 serial ports at a time with xeno_16550A driver

C Smith csmithquestions at gmail.com
Tue May 22 20:31:34 CEST 2018

I think I may have found a bug in the rtl_16550A driver when using shared
interrupts. (I am on Xenomai 2.6.5. Kernel 3.18.20.)

I think the interrupt handler is not sending an EOI to the lower (ISA 8259)
interrupt controller, though it certainly is doing the right thing for
higher IRQs above 16.

I used a Moxa 4-port serial card in the PCI bus which has all 4 ports
sharing IRQ 17. The rtl_16550A driver can use all 4 ports OK.

But the rtl_16550A driver stalls after one interrupt when I use multiple
serial ports on my motherboard where all the serial ports share IRQ 5. This
is indicated by the fact that I can send one byte out the port, or I can
get a single byte into the port, before the port can no longer send or
receive anything further.

I diffed the Xenomai 3.0.5 source versus the 2.6.5 rtl_16550A.c source and
the code is very similar so the liability is in both branches I assume.

-C Smith

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