Re: [PATCH v2 RFC/RFT 1/5] ARM: dma-mapping: Add fallback normal page allocations

From: Nicolin Chen
Date: Wed Apr 24 2019 - 14:33:19 EST

Hi Christoph,

On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 05:06:38PM +0200, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 04:01:27PM -0700, Nicolin Chen wrote:
> > page = dma_alloc_from_contiguous(dev, count, order, gfp & __GFP_NOWARN);
> > + if (!page)
> > + page = alloc_pages(gfp, order);
> We have this fallback in most callers already. And with me adding
> it to the dma-iommu code in one series, and you to arm here I think
> we really need to take a step back and think of a better way
> to handle this, and the general mess that dma_alloc_from_contiguous.
> So what about:

Thanks for the suggestion!

> (1) change the dma_alloc_from_contiguous prototype to be:
> struct page *dma_alloc_contiguous(struct device *dev, size_t size, gfp_t gfp);
> that is: calculate order and count internally, pass the full gfp_t
> and mask it internally, and drop the pointless from in the name.
> I'd also use the oppurtunity to forbid a NULL dev argument and
> opencode those uses.
> (2) handle the alloc_pages fallback internally. Note that we should
> use alloc_pages_node as we do in dma-direct.

I feel it's similar to my previous set, which did most of these
internally except the renaming part. But Catalin had a concern
that some platforms might have limits on CMA range [1]. Will it
be still okay to do the fallback internally?

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