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SubjectRe: IrDA driver fails on PXA255
On Sun, May 29, 2011 at 02:17:02PM -0700, David Rientjes wrote:
> On Sun, 29 May 2011, Dmitry Eremin-Solenikov wrote:
> > What about changing your patch for less intrusive one (to emit a
> > WARN_ON) for at least one
> > or two major releases and only then changing it back to the current state?
> >
> That would return memory that is not guaranteed to be within the first
> 16MB of address space, so a GFP_DMA allocation would succeed with memory
> not from ZONE_DMA.

Err, no. GFP_DMA returns memory in a zone which the platform has setup.
There's nothing specific about it being "16MB" or any other size; the
arch can chose what size that is.

> That's an invalid configuration, so users, including
> you, should at least edit their .config by hand to enable CONFIG_ZONE_DMA
> as a workaround.

Again, no. This change has caused a load of previously working drivers
to suddenly start failing without _any_ explanation why or even warning
about the change. It needs to start off as a WARN_ON() so that stuff
can be fixed, and then changed to a hard error.

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