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* [3.18.3] poll() on gpio pins broken
@ 2015-01-29 14:56 folkert
  2015-02-04 13:38 ` Linus Walleij
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 2+ messages in thread
From: folkert @ 2015-01-29 14:56 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: linux-kernel


For timekeeping I wrote a program which waits for interrupts on
gpio-pins and then tells the local ntp daemon the clock offset.
I'm aware of the pps support in recent kernel but that does not work
(yet) on all platforms (eg cubieboard 1).

This has worked for quite some time but no longer.

Until at least kernel 3.12 I could do:

// export gpio pin
// set direction to in
// set direction to rising
int fd = open("/sys.../value", O_RDONLY);
fdset[0].fd = fd;
fdset[0].events = POLLPRI;
fdset[0].revents = 0;
poll(fdset, 1, -1);
// at this point pin went high

So: I would setup a gpio-pin using /sys-files, and then use poll() to
wait for the interrupt triggered by the level of the gpio pin going
This worked fine on all raspberry pi's I tried, a nanos g20, a beagle
bone black and a cubieboard 1.

Since kernel 3.18.3 (.4 as well) this no longer works: 

1422542104.894908947] interrupt #2459, offset -0.105091s
1422542104.895162937] interrupt #2460, offset -0.104837s
1422542104.895408928] interrupt #2461, offset -0.104591s
1422542104.895650919] interrupt #2462, offset -0.104349s
1422542104.896293896] interrupt #2463, offset -0.103706s

As you can see suddenly the poll returns immediately.

strace learns me:
poll([{fd=3, events=POLLPRI}], 1, -1)   = 1 ([{fd=3, revents=POLLPRI|POLLERR}])

So apparently somewhere between 3.12 and 3.18 it is no longer
allowed/possible to do poll() on a gpio-pin value device.

Am I right that something broke the abi? Or have I been doing it wrong
and did that became visible?
Please advise.


Folkert van Heusden


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