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SubjectRe: Linux 2.5.3-pre1-aia1
On Mon, Jan 21 2002, Andre Hedrick wrote:
> > I always thought it is like this (and this is what I still believe after
> > having read the sprcification):
> >
> > ---
> > SET_MUTIPLE 16 sectors
> > ---
> > READ_MULTIPLE 24 sectors
> > IRQ
> > PIO transfer 16 sectors
> > IRQ
> > PIO transfer 8 sectors
> > ---
> >
> > Where am I wrong?
> >
> > By the way, the device *isn't* required to support any lower multiple
> > count than the maximum one it advertizes. Ugly.
> No but the HOST is to obey the requirements of the device.
> The spec is written from the drive side not the host side.
> "All Ye Hosts, SHALL address me in such a manner as described, or be
> aborted or I SHALL remain in an undertermined state."
> Note only recently have the HOSTS been about to setup guidelines for what
> is sane and not stupid for the device to do or behave.
> Again, the HOST(Linux) is not following the device side rules so expect
> difficulty when we depart. The Brain Damage is how to talk to the
> hardware, and it is clear we are not doing it right because we are bending
> the rules stuff it into and API that not acceptable. However we are
> stuck. Again, simplicity works, generate a MEMPOOL for PIO such that the
> buffer pages are contigious and the 4k page dance is a NOOP. Until that
> time we will be fussing about.


Do you know how to say "I was wrong"? You are walking off-track again.
It's clearly the way that Vojtech and I describe, otherwise current code
would just not work. And 2.4, 2.2, 2.0 neither.

Jens Axboe

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