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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7u1 26/31] x86: Don't enable swiotlb if there is not enough ram for it
On Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 03:40:11PM -0800, Yinghai Lu wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 7:50 PM, Yinghai Lu <> wrote:
> > On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 7:13 PM, Eric W. Biederman <> wrote:
> >> I meant we should detect failure to allocate bounce buffers in in
> >> swiotlb_init() instead of panicing.
> >>
> >> I meant swiotlb_map_single() should either panic or simply fail.
> >>
> >> If I have read lib/swiotlb.c correctly the only place we allocate a
> >> bounce buffer is in swiotlb_map_single. If there are more places we can
> >> allocate bounce buffers those need to be handled as well.
> >
> > ok, will give it a try.
> please check if you are ok with attached.
> looks like it need more change of lines.

The swiotlb_full check I don't believe is neccessary. You won't ever get
to that unless swiotlb_map_page has at least provided a bounce buffer.
And if the swiotlb_map_page does not have a bounce buffer it will exit

+ if (no_iotlb_memory)

which is dangerous. That is b/c there are drivers that don't use the
dma_mapping_error check (so check the bus address after calling
pci_map_*). This means they would try to do DMA on 0xffffffff (yikes!).

That is reason the failback (v_overflow_buffer) is still in
usage - b/c we have drivers that might just do this and this is the last
resort for them. And until those drivers are fixed - we _need_ this
fallback to work.

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