Re: [PATCH] sky2: Fix WARNING: at lib/dma-debug.c:902 check_sync
From: Jarek Poplawski
Date: Thu Jan 21 2010 - 13:42:19 EST
On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 12:22:10AM +0900, FUJITA Tomonori wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Jan 2010 23:53:22 +0100
> Jarek Poplawski <jarkao2@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:24:14PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > > > 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.
> > Yes, the need to repeat some other values if there is a dedicated
> > structure/pointer could be misleading. Btw, it seems to be a trivial
> > overlooking since there is dma_sync_single_range() ready to use.
> Yeah, dma_sync_single_range() enables you to do a partial sync. But
> you must be really careful with a partial sync (as DMA-API.txt says).
Actually, we are trying to establish here (and a few more netdev@
threads) what exactly the author was worried about. After looking at
some implementations it seems to me this carefullness in observing
the cache alignment and width is needed only wrt. the 'offset'. But
then, the way the 'size' is used (or rather not used for anything
crucial) suggests dma_sync_single_range() with zero offset seems
completely safe. But then it's equivalent to dma_sync_single() with
the 'size' possibly less than 'passed into the single mapping'. Which
according to the other comment seems wrong...
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