pic8259_simple 0.1.1

Kernel-space interface to the 8259 and 8259A interrupt controllers
//! Support for the 8259 Programmable Interrupt Controller, which handles
//! basic I/O interrupts.  In multicore mode, we would apparently need to
//! replace this with an APIC interface.
//! The basic idea here is that we have two PIC chips, PIC1 and PIC2, and
//! that PIC2 is slaved to interrupt 2 on PIC 1.  You can find the whole
//! story at http://wiki.osdev.org/PIC (as usual).  Basically, our
//! immensely sophisticated modern chipset is engaging in early-80s
//! cosplay, and our goal is to do the bare minimum required to get
//! reasonable interrupts.
//! The most important thing we need to do here is set the base "offset"
//! for each of our two PICs, because by default, PIC1 has an offset of
//! 0x8, which means that the I/O interrupts from PIC1 will overlap
//! processor interrupts for things like "General Protection Fault".  Since
//! interrupts 0x00 through 0x1F are reserved by the processor, we move the
//! PIC1 interrupts to 0x20-0x27 and the PIC2 interrupts to 0x28-0x2F.  If
//! we wanted to write a DOS emulator, we'd presumably need to choose
//! different base interrupts, because DOS used interrupt 0x21 for system
//! calls.


extern crate cpuio;

/// Command sent to begin PIC initialization.
const CMD_INIT: u8 = 0x11;

/// Command sent to acknowledge an interrupt.
const CMD_END_OF_INTERRUPT: u8 = 0x20;

// The mode in which we want to run our PICs.
const MODE_8086: u8 = 0x01;

/// An individual PIC chip.  This is not exported, because we always access
/// it through `Pics` below.
struct Pic {
    /// The base offset to which our interrupts are mapped.
    offset: u8,

    /// The processor I/O port on which we send commands.
    command: cpuio::UnsafePort<u8>,

    /// The processor I/O port on which we send and receive data.
    data: cpuio::UnsafePort<u8>,

impl Pic {
    /// Are we in change of handling the specified interrupt?
    /// (Each PIC handles 8 interrupts.)
    fn handles_interrupt(&self, interupt_id: u8) -> bool {
        self.offset <= interupt_id && interupt_id < self.offset + 8

    /// Notify us that an interrupt has been handled and that we're ready
    /// for more.
    unsafe fn end_of_interrupt(&mut self) {

/// A pair of chained PIC controllers.  This is the standard setup on x86.
pub struct ChainedPics {
    pics: [Pic; 2],

impl ChainedPics {
    /// Create a new interface for the standard PIC1 and PIC2 controllers,
    /// specifying the desired interrupt offsets.
    pub const unsafe fn new(offset1: u8, offset2: u8) -> ChainedPics {
        ChainedPics {
            pics: [
                Pic {
                    offset: offset1,
                    command: cpuio::UnsafePort::new(0x20),
                    data: cpuio::UnsafePort::new(0x21),
                Pic {
                    offset: offset2,
                    command: cpuio::UnsafePort::new(0xA0),
                    data: cpuio::UnsafePort::new(0xA1),

    /// Initialize both our PICs.  We initialize them together, at the same
    /// time, because it's traditional to do so, and because I/O operations
    /// might not be instantaneous on older processors.
    pub unsafe fn initialize(&mut self) {
        // We need to add a delay between writes to our PICs, especially on
        // older motherboards.  But we don't necessarily have any kind of
        // timers yet, because most of them require interrupts.  Various
        // older versions of Linux and other PC operating systems have
        // worked around this by writing garbage data to port 0x80, which
        // allegedly takes long enough to make everything work on most
        // hardware.  Here, `wait` is a closure.
        let mut wait_port: cpuio::Port<u8> = cpuio::Port::new(0x80);
        let mut wait = || { wait_port.write(0) };

        // Save our original interrupt masks, because I'm too lazy to
        // figure out reasonable values.  We'll restore these when we're
        // done.
        let saved_mask1 = self.pics[0].data.read();
        let saved_mask2 = self.pics[1].data.read();

        // Tell each PIC that we're going to send it a three-byte
        // initialization sequence on its data port.

        // Byte 1: Set up our base offsets.

        // Byte 2: Configure chaining between PIC1 and PIC2.

        // Byte 3: Set our mode.

        // Restore our saved masks.

    /// Do we handle this interrupt?
    pub fn handles_interrupt(&self, interrupt_id: u8) -> bool {
        self.pics.iter().any(|p| p.handles_interrupt(interrupt_id))

    /// Figure out which (if any) PICs in our chain need to know about this
    /// interrupt.  This is tricky, because all interrupts from `pics[1]`
    /// get chained through `pics[0]`.
    pub unsafe fn notify_end_of_interrupt(&mut self, interrupt_id: u8) {
        if self.handles_interrupt(interrupt_id) {
            if self.pics[1].handles_interrupt(interrupt_id) {