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SubjectRe: [patch 2/2] PNP: don't check disabled PCI BARs for conflicts in quirk_system_pci_resources()

On Mon, 29 Sep 2008, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:
> + if (!pci_resource_enabled(pdev, i))
> + continue;

I really don't think this is the right approach.

Maybe the PCI device has been turned off, but the *resource* may still be

Wouldn't it be much better to just check whether the resource is inserted
in the resource tree or not?

Quite frankly, it looks like your change will basically cause us to look
over *every* system PnP resource, and for each of them, it will look at
*every* PCI device, and for each PCI device it will look at *every* BAR,
and for each BAR it finds it will read the PCI status register, over and
over and over again.

Now, I doubt you'll be able to wear out the PCI bus, but doesn't this just
make you go "umm, that's not pretty, and it doesn't make much sense".

If we've detected the PCI resource as being valid by the PCI layer, why
not just use that information? And afaik, the easy way to check that is
just whether it's inserted into the resource tree, which in turn is most
trivially done by just checking whether the resource has a parent.

IOW, why isn't it just doing

struct resource *res = dev->resource[bar];

if (!res->parent)

or something? Or what was wrong with just checking the res->start for
being zero? Wherever PnP is relevant, resources that start at zero are
disabled, no?


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