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    SubjectRE: PATA IDE is slower in newer versions of kernel
    Thank you for the input. The reason why I'm using the old drivers/ide is
    because I'm using a TI Davinci ARM processor in an embedded system. They
    wrote a PalmChip driver for the older IDE interface and I don't think they
    have anything yet for the drivers/ata (out of curiousity is the newer
    drivers/ata the reason why PATA devices show up as /dev/sda in newer

    After spending most of the day today adding printks and learning about the
    old ide driver I'm pretty much convinced that the IDE driver is working
    fine. The long delays are actually between block driver request queues. In
    the 2.6.10 kernel the time between block writes is less than 1 ms, where as
    the 2.6.32 that TI has blessed takes 8+ ms between blocks that are pushed to
    the IDE interface.

    Like I mentioned earlier I tried changing the I/O scheduler to Noop and as
    for the elevator. Anything else I should look to so I get blocks sent out


    -----Original Message-----
    [] On Behalf Of Alan Cox
    Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2010 6:59 PM
    To: Joshua Hintze
    Subject: Re: PATA IDE is slower in newer versions of kernel

    > I'm dedicated to continue working on the problem, I just need to advice
    from the linux community. I've tried different I/O schedulers such as noop
    and anticipatory and I'm studying the ide-dma code but still lost to where
    this is happening.

    drivers/ide is pretty much obsolete - so what you are seeing is doubly
    odd. Most stuff now is using the newer drivers/ata code which can support
    SATA, NCQ etc unlike the old codebase.

    One thing to check would be whether using the drivers/ata code shows the
    same problem.

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