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SubjectRe: Worrisome IDE PIO transfers...
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[ Geert added to cc: ]

On Sunday 29 of February 2004 00:24, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Looking at the function that is used to transfer data when in PIO mode...
>
> void taskfile_output_data (ide_drive_t *drive, void *buffer, u32 wcount)
> {
> if (drive->bswap) {
> ata_bswap_data(buffer, wcount);
> HWIF(drive)->ata_output_data(drive, buffer, wcount);
> ata_bswap_data(buffer, wcount);
> } else {
> HWIF(drive)->ata_output_data(drive, buffer, wcount);
> }
> }
>
> Swapping the data in-place is very, very wrong... you don't want to be
> touching the data that userspace might have mmap'd ... Additionally,
> byteswapping back and forth for each PIO sector chews unnecessary CPU.

This is used for accessing "normal" disks on beasts with byte-swapped IDE
bus (Atari/Q40/TiVo) and "byteswapped" disks on normal machines.

[ Hm. actually I don't see how it can be used for accessing "normal" disks,
as data is byteswapped by IDE bus and then swapped back by IDE driver. ]

Manfred noticed the same issue some time ago:
http://www.ussg.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/0201.0/0768.html
but discussion ended without final conclusion.

I like Alan's idea to use loopback instead of "bswap".

> Seems to me the architecture's OUTS[WL] hook (or a new, similar hook)
> that swaps as it writes would be _much_ preferred, and eliminate this
> possible data corruption issue.

I think something similar has been already done
(grep for insw_swapw/outsw_swapw in ide-iops.c and asm-m68k/ide.h).

Bartlomiej

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