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SubjectRe: is_device_dma_capable
On Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:54:24 +0930
Malcom Blaney <> wrote:

> I'm using the parport_pc driver with a dma buffer, which is provided
> by calling dma_alloc_coherent in arch/x86/include/asm/dma-mapping.h.
> This is no longer working for me in, the previous version I
> was using is, which was fine with the same hardware.
> The problem is that the call to is_device_dma_capable returns false,
> so dma_alloc_coherent returns NULL. Do I need to set the dma_mask in
> the driver for this to work correctly?

You use X86_32, right?

In 2.6.25, X86_32 and X86_64 had the own dma_alloc_coherent
implementations; X86_32 accepted a device having dma_mask that is not
initialized however X86_64 didn't, I think.

When we merged them, we chose to prohibit a device having dma_mask
that is not initialized. I'm not sure the DMA docs say this but IMO
it's good to require drivers to set up dma_mask (and
coherent_dma_mask) properly if the drivers want DMA.

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