Re: [PATCH] scsi: ipr: fix build on 32-bit architectures

From: Sinan Kaya
Date: Fri Jun 08 2018 - 12:10:44 EST

On 6/8/2018 11:47 AM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 5:27 PM, Sinan Kaya <okaya@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> +Will,


>> So, it is difficult to judge how this barrier has been used without an
>> expert opinion.
>> Changing
>> wmb() + writel()
>> to
>> wmb() + writel_relaxed()
>> is safer than dropping the wmb() altogether.
> If the wmb() was not just about the writeq() then I would argue your patch
> description was misleading. We certainly shouldn't replace random writeq()
> calls with writeq_relaxed() just because we can show that the driver has
> a barrier in front of it.
> In particular, the ipr_mask_and_clear_interrupts() function has multiple
> writeq() or writel() calls, and even a readl() and your patch only changes
> one of them, which seems like a rather pointless exercise as the function
> still fully synchronizes the I/O multiple times.

You are right, I only searched wmb() + writel() combinations. Changed only
the places where I found issues.

We were given a direction to go to eliminating barriers direction as you already

I just wanted to highlight the difficulty of wholesale dropping of wmb() without
careful inspection. [1] [2]

We certainly need a better patch that covers all use cases. Your patch is
a step in the good direction. We just need some attention from the maintainer
that we are not actually breaking something.

>> Will Deacon should probably look at why writeq_relaxed is missing on some ARM
>> arches too.
>> Drivers shouldn't worry about write derivatives.
> This driver defines writeq() itself for architectures that don't have it, but
> it doesn't define writeq_relaxed() and doesn't include
> linux/io-64-nonatomic-lo-hi.h
> or linux/io-64-nonatomic-hi-lo.h. It seems that it needs a different behavior
> from all other drivers here, storing the upper 32 bits into the lower
> address and
> the lower 32 bits into the upper address.

I don't think there is a consensus about using these includes in the community.
I bumped into this issue before and came up with an include you pointed.
I didn't get too much enthusiasm from the maintainer.

Why are we pushing the responsibility into the drivers? I'd think that architecture
should take care of this. Is there a portability issue that I'm missing from some
architecture I never heart of? (I work on Little-Endian machines most of the time)


> Arnd

Sinan Kaya
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