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Subject[RFC PATCH 0/2] dma-mapping: introduce helper for setting dma_parms
Hi all,

commit 78c47830a5cb ("dma-debug: check scatterlist segments") triggers
for Renesas hardware I look after, so thanks for pointing out we should
have proper dma_parms for our DMA providers.

When trying to fix it, I became a bit puzzled about the life cycle of
the pointer to dma_parms. AFAIU most drivers leave the pointer dangling
on driver unbind. Check drivers/dma/bcm2835-dma.c, for example:

od = devm_kzalloc(&pdev->dev, sizeof(*od), GFP_KERNEL);
if (!od)
return -ENOMEM;

pdev->dev.dma_parms = &od->dma_parms;
dma_set_max_seg_size(&pdev->dev, 0x3FFFFFFF);

And that's all about handling dma_parms. So, on unbind, the memory for
'od' gets freed and dma_params is a dangling pointer.

drivers/gpu/drm/exynos/exynos_drm_iommu.c seems to do it correctly:

static inline int configure_dma_max_seg_size(struct device *dev)
if (!dev->dma_parms)
dev->dma_parms = kzalloc(sizeof(*dev->dma_parms), GFP_KERNEL);
if (!dev->dma_parms)
return -ENOMEM;

dma_set_max_seg_size(dev, DMA_BIT_MASK(32));
return 0;

static inline void clear_dma_max_seg_size(struct device *dev)
dev->dma_parms = NULL;

But this seems error prone and quite some code to add for every DMA
provider. So, I wondered if we couldn't have a helper for that. After
some brainstorming, I favour a dmam_-type of function. It will ensure
the memory gets freed and the pointer cleared on unbind. And it should
be easy to use.

I attached an RFC which I tested on a Renesas R-Car H3 SoC with the internal
DMAC of the SD controller. A branch can be found here (still waiting for
buildbot results):

git:// renesas/sdhi/set_max_seg

I added the companion function dmam_free_dma_parms() for completeness
although there is no user yet. I'd be totally open to drop it until
someone needs it.

Please let me know what you think. If this is the right track, I'll be
willing to fix the dangling pointers with it, too.

Thanks and happy hacking,


Wolfram Sang (2):
dma-mapping: introduce helper for setting dma_parms
mmc: sdhi: internal_dmac: set dma_parms

drivers/mmc/host/renesas_sdhi_internal_dmac.c | 2 +
include/linux/dma-mapping.h | 5 ++
kernel/dma/mapping.c | 50 +++++++++++++++++++
3 files changed, 57 insertions(+)


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