Re: dma-debug: check_for_stack background?

From: FUJITA Tomonori
Date: Tue Jun 16 2009 - 02:17:25 EST

On Mon, 15 Jun 2009 10:13:55 +0200
Joerg Roedel <joerg.roedel@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 11:43:42PM +0200, Stefan Richter wrote:
> > Ben Dooks wrote:
> >> On Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 08:56:29PM +0200, Stefan Richter wrote:
> >>> the DMA debug facility warns about mappings of on-stack memory.
> >>> What's the problem with that?
> > ...
> >> I'm not sure if it is possible on all architectures, however the
> >> DMA mapping documentation prohibts the use of stack memory.
> >
> > Ah, it has all been documented in plain sight for ages. Thanks for the
> > pointer.
> Problem is that the stack might go away or could be otherwise reused
> while the DMA is in-flight. This could cause really hard to debug
> problems.

Not true. Even if you use the stack buffer for DMA synchronously, it
doesn't work (we had the bad code like starting dma and waiting for
the completion).

On some architectures, we can't use the stack buffer for DMA. That's
why the DMA mapping documentation prohibits the use of stack memory
for DMA.
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