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From: "H. Peter Anvin" <>
To: Rob Landley <>
Subject: Re: 2.6.24 says "serial8250: too much work for irq4" a lot.
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2008 13:07:27 -0800	[thread overview]
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Rob Landley wrote:
> When running a 2.6.24 kernel built for x86-64 under qemu via serial console, 
> doing CPU-intensive things that also produce a lot of output (such as 
> compiling software) tends to produce the error message in the title.
> Anybody have a clue why?  It doesn't seem to cause an actual problem, but it's 
> kind of annoying.
> (If it's a qemu issue, I can go bother them.  It's possible that qemu isn't 
> delivering interrupts as often as it expects, since that's limited by the 
> granularity of the host timer; I know the clock in qemu can run a bit slow 
> because it only gets clock interrupts when the host system isn't too busy to 
> schedule the emulator.  But this doesn't usually cause a problem.  I _think_ 
> the message is just a "this should never happen" type warning, which is 
> happening to me.  But I break stuff. :)

This is because Qemu spews data to the serial port without any rate 
limiting; this causes the in-kernel serial port driver to think the port 
is stuck.  The serial port emulation needs to make it possible to drain 
the virtual FIFO every now and then, as opposed to filling it again 


  reply	other threads:[~2008-02-05 21:07 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-05 20:55 Rob Landley
2008-02-05 21:07 ` H. Peter Anvin [this message]
2008-02-07 12:39   ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-07 17:37     ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-02-07 20:13       ` Rob Landley
2008-02-07 20:53         ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-02-07 21:19         ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-02-08  7:04           ` Rob Landley

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