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SubjectRE: [PATCHv2 3/4] mm: vmalloc: add VM_DMA flag to indicate areas used by dma-mapping framework
Hi Minchan,

On Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:08 AM Minchan Kim wrote:

> On 05/17/2012 07:54 PM, Marek Szyprowski wrote:
>
> > Add new type of vm_area intented to be used for consisten mappings
> > created by dma-mapping framework.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Marek Szyprowski <m.szyprowski@samsung.com>
> > Reviewed-by: Kyungmin Park <kyungmin.park@samsung.com>
> > ---
> > include/linux/vmalloc.h | 1 +
> > mm/vmalloc.c | 3 +++
> > 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+)
> >
> > diff --git a/include/linux/vmalloc.h b/include/linux/vmalloc.h
> > index 6071e91..8a9555a 100644
> > --- a/include/linux/vmalloc.h
> > +++ b/include/linux/vmalloc.h
> > @@ -14,6 +14,7 @@ struct vm_area_struct; /* vma defining user mapping in
> mm_types.h */
> > #define VM_USERMAP 0x00000008 /* suitable for remap_vmalloc_range */
> > #define VM_VPAGES 0x00000010 /* buffer for pages was vmalloc'ed */
> > #define VM_UNLIST 0x00000020 /* vm_struct is not listed in vmlist */
> > +#define VM_DMA 0x00000040 /* used by dma-mapping framework */
> > /* bits [20..32] reserved for arch specific ioremap internals */
>
> >
>
> > /*
> > diff --git a/mm/vmalloc.c b/mm/vmalloc.c
> > index 8cb7f22..9c13bab 100644
> > --- a/mm/vmalloc.c
> > +++ b/mm/vmalloc.c
> > @@ -2582,6 +2582,9 @@ static int s_show(struct seq_file *m, void *p)
> > if (v->flags & VM_IOREMAP)
> > seq_printf(m, " ioremap");
> >
> > + if (v->flags & VM_DMA)
> > + seq_printf(m, " dma");
> > +
>
> Hmm, VM_DMA would become generic flag?
> AFAIU, maybe VM_DMA would be used only on ARM arch.

Right now yes, it will be used only on ARM architecture, but maybe other architecture will
start using it once it is available.

> Of course, it isn't performance sensitive part but there in no reason to check it, either
> in other architecture except ARM.
>
> I suggest following as
>
> #ifdef CONFIG_ARM
> #define VM_DMA 0x00000040
> #else
> #define VM_DMA 0x0
> #end
>
> Maybe it could remove check code at compile time.

I've been told to avoid such #ifdef construction if there is no really good reason for it.
The only justification was significant impact on the performance, otherwise it would be
just a good example of typical over-engineering.

> > if (v->flags & VM_ALLOC)
> > seq_printf(m, " vmalloc");

Best regards
--
Marek Szyprowski
Samsung Poland R&D Center




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