man pages section 9: DDI and DKI Kernel Functions

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ddi_intr_hilevel(9F)

Name

ddi_intr_hilevel - indicate interrupt handler type

Synopsis

#include <sys/ddi.h>
#include <sys/sunddi.h>

int ddi_intr_hilevel(dev_info_t *dip, uint_t inumber);

Interface Level

Solaris DDI specific (Solaris DDI). This interface is obsolete. Use the new interrupt interfaces referenced in Intro(9F). Refer to Writing Device Drivers for more information.

Parameters

dip

Pointer to dev_info structure.

inumber

Interrupt number.

Description

The ddi_intr_hilevel() function returns non-zero if the specified interrupt is a “high level” interrupt.

High level interrupts must be handled without using system services that manipulate thread or process states, because these interrupts are not blocked by the scheduler.

In addition, high level interrupt handlers must take care to do a minimum of work because they are not preemptable.

A typical high level interrupt handler would put data into a circular buffer and schedule a soft interrupt by calling ddi_trigger_softintr(). The circular buffer could be protected by using a mutex that was properly initialized for the interrupt handler.

The ddi_intr_hilevel() function can be used before calling ddi_add_intr() to decide which type of interrupt handler should be used. Most device drivers are designed with the knowledge that the devices they support will always generate low level interrupts, however some devices, for example those using SBus or VME bus level 6 or 7 interrupts must use this test because on some machines those interrupts are high level (above the scheduler level) and on other machines they are not.

Return Values

non-zero

indicates a high-level interrupt.

Context

These functions can be called from useruser, interrupt, or kernel context.

Attributes

See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

ATTRIBUTE TYPE
ATTRIBUTE VALUE
Interface Stability
Obsolete

See Also

ddi_add_intr(9F), Intro(9F), mutex(9F)

Writing Device Drivers