mmap() of kernel space buffer problem

Juergen Hannappel (
07 Dec 1998 11:06:00 +0100

in my VMEBus driver for the Universe PCI/VME Bridge i
encountered a strange problem:
I allocated (via __get_free_pages) a buffer in kernel space and
mmap()ed that into user space with the followin code in the mmap()
function of the driver:
retval = remap_page_range(vma->vm_start,
+ virt_to_phys(p->DMA_buffer),
vma->vm_end - vma->vm_start,
Then i can do DMA transfers (PCI Busmaster DMA) from this buffer to
the VMEBus and in the other direction, from VME to the buffer.
If i transfer from VME to the buffer the data are in the buffer,
as a printk() in the driver shows --- but in the user space the
mmap()ed buffer still contains only zeroes, even if a mmap() after the
DMA transfer.
If i write from userspace into the mmap()ed buffer the data appear in
the kernel buffer and can also be transferred to the VMEBus. I am at
a loss about the cause, so please give a hint at what is wrong.


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