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Linux hangs if UART is stressed

Question asked by Miguel Hortelano on Jan 16, 2019
Latest reply on Jan 17, 2019 by Miguel Hortelano

I'm using a custom board which sports an iMX6 SOLO running Yocto with Kernel version 4.9.11-02307-gb200f6d.
My application uses serial communication with RS485 transceiver attached to the serial comms.
Pin control configuration -DTS- and UART initialization are described below.

 

There is no problem with such configuration when frame length sent through the serial ports is below 20-30 bytes but when frame length is above these values, eventually -sometimes it takes some minutes- the whole system hangs -by 'hangs' I meant that system gets unresponsive and I can't even connect through SSH, needing to restart Linux-

 

A simple while(1) sending a single byte causes this problem within seconds.
The problem is not related to one specific UART as it happens on other 3 UARTs configured the same way.
If I insert a delay when sending those bytes the problem never happens but obviously, this is not a satisfactory solution.

Is there something that I'm missing that could cause this issue?


DTS configuration:

&uart2 {
    pinctrl-names = "default";
    pinctrl-0 = <&pinctrl_uart2_3>;
    fsl,uart-has-rtscts;
    status = "okay";
};

pinctrl_uart2_3: uart2grp-3 {
    fsl,pins = <
        MX6QDL_PAD_EIM_D27__UART2_RX_DATA   0x1b0b1
        MX6QDL_PAD_EIM_D26__UART2_TX_DATA   0x1b0b1
        MX6QDL_PAD_EIM_D28__UART2_CTS_B     0x1b0b1
    >;
};

 

UART inicialization:

int rs485 = ::open("/dev/ttymxc1"); 
if(rs485) {
    struct serial_rs485 rs485conf;
    rs485conf.flags = 0x00;
    rs485conf.flags |= SER_RS485_ENABLED; 
    rs485conf.flags |= SER_RS485_RTS_ON_SEND;
    if (ioctl (rs485, TIOCSRS485, &rs485conf) < 0) {
        qDebug() << QString("Error writing ioctl port (%1): %2").arg(errno).arg(strerror(errno));
        return false;
    }
}


UART stress -running in a separate thread-:

char byte = 0xff;
while(1) {   
    writeData(&byte, 1);
}

 

Thanks in advance.

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