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SubjectLinux-2.6.13 __request_region buggered

Changes in "request_mem_region()" ("__request_region()")
now seem to force PCI/Bus alignment upon the requested region.
It appears as though somebody thought this would only used
to reserve address-space on a PCI/Bus.

Linux- and all known previous versions back to
linux-2.4.26 worked fine.

This breaks several high-speed data-acquisition boards and
it isn't easy to fix. Since I allocate 16 megabytes of address-
space, aligned on a PAGE boundary, I would have to allocate
4096 blocks of PAGE_SIZE and keep track of them for module

This is an egregious mistake. One can't make such arbitrary
rules when interfacing to an operating system. The only reason
for the alignment issues on a PCI/Bus was to save the cost
of decode. Since, at least the ix86, can access a single
bit anywhere in memory, one should not create such constraints
out of thin air.

Maybe this is just a coding error and not a deliberate
constraint? Please fix.

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.6.13 on an i686 machine (5589.55 BogoMips).
Warning : 98.36% of all statistics are fiction.
I apologize for the following. I tried to kill it with the above dot :

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