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SubjectRe: Areca RAID driver remaining items?
Dear Arjan van de Ven,

Thanks for your answer.
I will remove CONFIG_SCSI_ARCMSR_MSI in next patch.

If Linux can not assurent the contingous memory space allocating of
"dma_alloc_coherent" .
When arcmsr get a physical ccb address from areca's firmware.
Does linux has any functions for converting of "bus to virtual" ?

Best Regards
Erich Chen

----- Original Message -----
From: "Arjan van de Ven" <>
To: "erich" <>
Cc: ""Christoph Hellwig"" <>; <>;
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Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2006 5:56 PM
Subject: Re: Areca RAID driver remaining items?

> On Thu, 2006-02-23 at 17:50 +0800, erich wrote:
>> Dear Arjan van de Ven,
>> The following contex is coming from comment of Christoph Hellwig.
>> - msi should be a module options if at all, but defintitly not
>> a config options
>> if (!pci_enable_msi(pci_device))
>> pACB->acb_flags |= ACB_F_HAVE_MSI;
>> #endif
>> I make an option config for prevent some mainboards hang up if arcmsr
>> enable
>> msi function.
>> Areca RAID controller is bridged hardware.
>> There were a lots of mainboards had wrong IRQ routing table issue with
>> it.
>> If somebody meet this issue and people can enable msi function to fix its
>> hardware bug.
>> But unfortunately I found some mainboards will hang up if I always enable
>> this function in my lab.
>> To avoid this issue, I do an option for this case.
> yes the reason for making this optional is clear, and Christoph also
> understands that.
> However the idea that Christoph is proposing is to not make it a compile
> time option, but a runtime option. Compile-time is not very flexible,
> especially not for linux distributions. Making it a module option means
> it becomes runtime behavior, and the user can load the module like
> modprobe aerca msi=0
> and msi gets turned off. No need to recompile anything! That has many
> advantages over a more inflexible (from the user view) compiletime-only
> option.

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