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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Re: 2.6.26-rc1 regression: ISA DMA broken (bisected)
On Friday 30 May 2008 03:15:57 pm Rene Herman wrote:
> On 14-05-08 21:09, Rene Herman wrote:
> > On 14-05-08 20:50, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:
> >> I agree, it seems a bit of a hack to use a DMA mask from the card
> >> instead of from the device, since the driver should be programming
> >> the device to do the DMA.
> >>
> >> But I know very little about pnp_card in general, so don't attach too
> >> much weight to my opinion.
> >
> > Okay, I'll sit on this for a bit. Right now we're using a global device
> > even but this is exactly about cleaning that up so couldn't convince
> > myself. Will see what happens when I try to make it nice...
> It gets uglier. ALSA ISA drivers (for cards that exist both as legacy
> and as ISAPnP at least) keep a merged legacy/isapnp model; PnP is used
> mostly for initializing global variables that the same old legacy probe
> routines then reference. This means that beyond that global resource
> init step the specific struct device is no longer available. Without
> restructuring too many things really only fixable through other hacks
> again such as a global dma_dev[] array or some such.
> From the viewpoint of PnP itself setting the dma_mask for a pnp_card (a
> pnp_dev collection) makes isolated sense so if no objections, I'll
> submit the attached after all. From the ALSA side we'd then pass the
> card dev (which we'd also do for isa_dev) and keep in mind that we might
> want to get more specific if over time structure permits it.
> struct snd_pcm already has its own struct device * which would be the
> right one here but it's setting that which gets ugly...

Looks good to me. It does sound like a lot of work and possibly
more risk than it's worth to fix up some of this stuff.

I do still wonder whether any non-x86 architectures need similar
fixes in dma_alloc_coherent(), i.e., check for dev==NULL and fall
back to a 24-bit DMA mask.

Acked-by: Bjorn Helgaas <>

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