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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 02/11] PCI: Try to allocate mem64 above 4G at first
    On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM, Bjorn Helgaas <bhelgaas@google.com> wrote:
    >
    > You're right, the spec does allow the upper 16 bits of I/O BARs to be
    > hardwired to zero (PCI spec rev 3.0, p. 226), so this part does make
    > some sense.  I don't think it applies to x86, since I don't think
    > there's a way to generate an I/O access to anything above 64K, but it
    > could help other arches.
    >
    > I'm inclined to be conservative and wait until we find a problem where
    > a patch like this would help.

    I agree. I would be *very* suspicious of "it might help with other
    architectures".

    Sure, other architectures might be using non-16-bit IO addresses for
    their motherboard resources (just because they can). However, any
    hotplug device is most likely (by far) to have been tested and
    designed for x86, which means that even if it might look like it has
    more than 16 bits of IO space, it will never have been tested that
    way.

    So rather than make it likely to help other architectures, I'd say
    that it would make it likely to break things.

    Linus
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