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SubjectRe: New resources - pls, explain :-(
Alan Cox wrote:
> > right thing" for that bus. One could add "bigendian_writel()" and
> > "littleendian_writel()" to satisfy the Linus constraint of making
> > unusual usage of writel() obvious.

> So every I/O has an if in it. Nothing like stalling the pipeline before we
> probably stall on I/O writes to make things twice as painful.

Various implementations of writel() do stuff to stall the pipeline a bit
anyway. It's really a convenience/speed tradeoff. IMHO writel() should
continue to "do the right thing" as it currently does, regardless of its
bus, while allowing saavy driver writers to employ BUS_writel() if they
so desire.

My main motivation is keeping the codebase the same across multiple
buses. The 'if' has to occur somewhere, if your driver supports
multiple buses. I would rather have the ifs in a common place,
writel(), to avoid

void vga_mm_wcrt (caddr_t vga_base, unsigned char reg, unsigned char
if (zorro_bus) {
} else if (pci_bus) {
...use pci_writeb to duplicate above logic...
} else if (sbus) {
...use sbus_writeb to duplicate above logic...

Entropy requires no maintenance.
-- Markoff Chaney

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