Re: [PATCH] sky2: Fix WARNING: at lib/dma-debug.c:902 check_sync

From: David Miller
Date: Wed Jan 20 2010 - 17:53:17 EST

From: Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 22:24:14 +0000

>> > Seems like an underlying bug in the DMA api. Maybe it just can't
>> > handle operations on partial mapping.
>> >
>> > Other drivers with same problem:
>> > bnx2, cassini, pcnet32, r8169, rrunner, skge, sungem, tg3,
>> It seems using the same length (even without pci_unmap_len()) is
>> crucial here, but I hope maintainers (added to CC) will take care.
> The API needs fixing - if you've got a large mapping and you want to sync
> part of it then we need to support that. Now it might well be that the
> implementation on some braindead platform has to sync the entire thing,
> and some implementations entire pages or cache lines.
> You can't fix this in the drivers, they requested a service and they
> don't have enough information nor is it their job to know about all the
> platform specific rules.

Absolutely and %100 agreed, the DMA debugging layer and documentation
are both buggy.

The intention from the beginning was always to allow partial SYNCs
exactly for the reasons Alan and myself are mentioning here.
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