path: root/Documentation/PCI/MSI-HOWTO.txt
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authorMichael Ellerman <michael@ellerman.id.au>2009-03-20 15:22:12 +1100
committerJesse Barnes <jbarnes@virtuousgeek.org>2009-03-20 11:35:04 -0700
commitfafad5bf06c3a3bb8b24b28b6f065367e7411872 (patch)
tree32f88260a757d9e24e913202fddcd2cdd420eb03 /Documentation/PCI/MSI-HOWTO.txt
parent5546d6f56807115a035d140f7364ce5807dbcc87 (diff)
PCI MSI: Add example request loop to MSI-HOWTO.txt
Encourage driver writers to think about supporting a variable number of MSI-X interrupts, and give an example of how to do such a request. Acked-by: Matthew Wilcox <willy@linux.intel.com> Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <michael@ellerman.id.au> Signed-off-by: Jesse Barnes <jbarnes@virtuousgeek.org>
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diff --git a/Documentation/PCI/MSI-HOWTO.txt b/Documentation/PCI/MSI-HOWTO.txt
index 9494f6dc38eb..dcf7acc720e1 100644
--- a/Documentation/PCI/MSI-HOWTO.txt
+++ b/Documentation/PCI/MSI-HOWTO.txt
@@ -176,7 +176,8 @@ request_irq() for each 'vector' that it decides to use.
If this function returns a negative number, it indicates an error and
the driver should not attempt to allocate any more MSI-X interrupts for
this device. If it returns a positive number, it indicates the maximum
-number of interrupt vectors that could have been allocated.
+number of interrupt vectors that could have been allocated. See example
This function, in contrast with pci_enable_msi(), does not adjust
dev->irq. The device will not generate interrupts for this interrupt
@@ -187,6 +188,26 @@ free them again later.
Device drivers should normally call this function once per device
during the initialization phase.
+It is ideal if drivers can cope with a variable number of MSI-X interrupts,
+there are many reasons why the platform may not be able to provide the
+exact number a driver asks for.
+A request loop to achieve that might look like:
+static int foo_driver_enable_msix(struct foo_adapter *adapter, int nvec)
+ while (nvec >= FOO_DRIVER_MINIMUM_NVEC) {
+ rc = pci_enable_msix(adapter->pdev,
+ adapter->msix_entries, nvec);
+ if (rc > 0)
+ nvec = rc;
+ else
+ return rc;
+ }
+ return -ENOSPC;
4.3.2 pci_disable_msix
void pci_disable_msix(struct pci_dev *dev)

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