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SubjectRe: [PATCH] sky2: Fix WARNING: at lib/dma-debug.c:902 check_sync
Sorry for the late reply,

On Thu, 21 Jan 2010 22:38:41 -0800 (PST)
David Miller <> wrote:

> From: FUJITA Tomonori <>
> Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:11:29 +0900
> > Even if 'offset' is zero, 'size' still matters, I think. If 'size' is
> > not a multiple of the cache line size, it's possible that driver
> > writers who aren't familiar with cache would be surprised (it depends
> > on the way their drivers use buffers though).
> >
> > The easiest way for 'completely safe sync for any driver writers' is
> > asking for all the sync parameters must be the same as those passed
> > into the single mapping API. If writes knows what they do, they can do
> > a partial sync with sync_range API. That's the author intention, I
> > guess.
> This is not reasonable.
> You have to think about how people actually use these
> interfaces.
> They have a large buffer, and if they receive a small request they
> want to allocate a smaller buffer, copy into that smaller buffer, and
> give the larger buffer back to the hardware.
> It's an optimization, it performs better this way.
> If you make it so that the DMA sync has to cover the entire large
> buffer, the whole point of the optimization is taken away.

I talked with James. He is ok with changing (or fixing) this API to
enable users to do a partial sync (I'm ok with that too. I just
guessed that he designed the API in such way intentionally not by

Can we safely assume that the arch implementations already round
up/down to the safe boundary internally in this API (they should

As you know, the patch to remove the description of
dma_sync_single/pci_dma_sync_single/dma_sync_sg/pci_dma_sync_pci that
always require a full sync in DMA-API.txt is already -mm so what we
need to do are:

- adding 'a partial sync' description to PCI-DMA-mapping.txt.
- duplicating the similar description to DMA-API.txt.

I don't like two DMA docs. I like to make pci_dma_* API obsolete. We
have the generic DMA API with generic devices so we are always able to
use the API (as you did with sbus_map_*). The majority arch
implementations safely call the bus specific DMA functions via the
generic DMA API. So there are not many things to do. We can just
convert pci_dma_* to dma_* API slowly.


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