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SubjectRe: SLAB vs. pci_alloc_xxx in usb-uhci patch
On Mon, Mar 05, 2001 at 02:52:24PM -0800, David Brownell wrote:
> I didn't see that thread. I agree, pci_alloc_consistent() already has
> a signature that's up to the job. The change you suggest would need
> to affect every architecture's implementation of that code ... which
> somehow seems not the best solution at this time.

Needless to say that USB is currently broken for the architectures that
need pci_alloc_consistent.

A while ago, I looked at what was required to convert the OHCI driver
to pci_alloc_consistent, and it turns out that the current interface is
highly sub-optimal. It looks good on the face of it, but it _really_
does need sub-page allocations to make sense for USB.

At the time, I didn't feel like creating a custom sub-allocator just
for USB, and since then I haven't had the inclination nor motivation
to go back to trying to get my USB mouse or iPAQ communicating via USB.
(I've not used this USB port for 3 years anyway).

I'd be good to get it done "properly" at some point though.

Russell King ( The developer of ARM Linux
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