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SubjectRe: [2.6 patch] select ATA_SFF
Alan Cox wrote:

>>Sergei Shtylyov wrote:

>>>>> Jeff, Tejun, what "sff" in the file name actually means? Isn't it
>>>>>strange that the drivers lacking DMA support or not really compliant
>>>>>with SFF-8038i have to link with this file?

>>>>Maybe it should be libata-tf and libata-bmdma, but sff (sans bmdma)
>>>>and bmdma is acceptable, hopefully, right?

>>> What's sff sans bmdma?

>>Supposed to be TF interface. IIRC, the SFF term was first from Alan
>>although it's entirely possible that I misunderstood it and used it in
>>the wrong way. Alan, can you please clear up the confusion?

> The SFF/Intel spec is for PCI IDE (BMDMA or otherwise), so it covers and
> defines all the common bits of the IDE interface on PCI (and in defining
> the legacy interface conveniently documents the extended ST-412 interface
> used by ATA and "pre-ATA" IDE/EIDE controllers).

If you mean SFF-8038i (which can indeed be named "SFF/Intel"), it
documents *only* BMDMA. If you mean something else, please be more precise.

> Alan

WBR, Sergei



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