Re: b44 driver causes panic when using swiotlb

From: Robert Hancock
Date: Mon Jan 31 2011 - 19:54:28 EST

On 01/31/2011 10:36 AM, Andi Kleen wrote:
On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 10:54:12AM -0500, Chuck Ebbert wrote:
The b44 driver is triggering this panic in swiotlb_map_page():

if (!dma_capable(dev, dev_addr, size))
panic("map_single: bounce buffer is not DMA'ble");

The kernel log says the bounce buffers are at 0xdb400000, but b44 can
only do DMA to the first 1GB of memory:

b44 needs to use GFP_DMA then and do its own custom bouncing.
The standard pci_map_* bounce buffering is only designed for at least
32bit capable devices.

That seems wrong - it's a documented API and that restriction isn't documented. Either it should comply with the request or return a failure if it can't accomodate it, not just blow up internally. There's no reason the driver should have to deal with this on its own.

In this case the DMA mapping code should really be falling back to GFP_DMA automatically if the IOMMU aperture is outside the DMA mask of the device.

BTW I'm pretty sure this worked at some point, must have regressed

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