Re: [RFC PATCH 1/2] memremap: add arch specific hook for MEMREMAP_WB mappings

From: Ard Biesheuvel
Date: Thu Feb 25 2016 - 02:49:53 EST

On 23 February 2016 at 23:23, Robert Jarzmik <robert.jarzmik@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 4:26 AM, Ard Biesheuvel
>> <ard.biesheuvel@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On 23 February 2016 at 13:03, Ard Biesheuvel <ard.biesheuvel@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> On 23 February 2016 at 12:58, Russell King - ARM Linux
>>>> <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 09:35:24PM +0100, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
>>> OK, I see what you mean. I find it unfortunate that ioremap_cache()
>>> instances are blindly being replaced with memremap(), and I wonder if
>>> this wasted test by and/or cc'ed to people who can actually test this
>>> driver. Dan?
> Actually I have the hardware to test it.
> And I also know what is behind :
> - it's a CFI NOR based memory
> - these are Intel StrataFlash 28F128J3A chips
> - as a CFI memory it is mapped on the system bus
> - from a read perspective, it behaves like a normal memory
> - but once the first write reaches the CFI, everything changes (the address
> space layout doesn't have the same meaning, be that becoming a status code or
> something else).
> In these conditions reordering of writes versus reads, merging reads after
> a write or coalescing writes is a recipe for disaster.
> All of this to say I can make a small discrete number of tests (less than 10
> write or erase ones to preserve the precious NOR).

Thanks Robert.

But to be honest, I think we should simply revert the change, after
which we can wire up memremap() for ARM properly. And while I agree
that ioremap_cache() is often abused for mapping things like ACPI
tables in RAM (which forces you to cast away the __iomem annotation),
using ioremap_cache() to map NOR flash is totally different IMO, even
if it has memory semantics while in array mode.