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SubjectRe: DMA memory, split_page, BUG_ON(PageCompound()), sound
Marc Singer wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 09, 2006 at 01:26:06PM +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
>>Marc Singer wrote:
>>>I'm investigating why I am triggering a BUG_ON in split_page() when I
>>>use the sound subsystems dma memory allocation aide.
>>>The crux of the problem appears to be that snd_malloc_dev_pages()
>>>passes __GFP_COMP into dma_alloc_coherent(). On the ARM and several
>>>other architectures, the dma allocation code calls split_page () with
>>>pages allocated with this flag which, in turn, triggers the BUG_ON()
>>>check for the CompoundPage flag.
>>>So, the questions are these: Who is doing the wrong thing? Should the
>>>snd_malloc_dev_pages() call drop the __GFP_COMP flag? Should
>>>split_page() allow the page to be compound? Should __GFP_COMP be 0 on
>>>ARM and other architectures that don't support compound pages?
>>I personally never liked the explicit __GFP_COMP going in everywhere,
>>and would have much preferred a GFP_USERMAP, which the architecture /
>>allocator could satisfy as they liked.
> Thus, the __GFP_COMP bit would be part of another flags such that it
> is set on x86 (or any other architecture that supports it) and clear
> on those that don't.

I guess you could do it a number of ways. Maybe having GFP_USERMAP
set __GFP_USERMAP|__GFP_COMP, and the arm dma memory allocator can
strip the __GFP_COMP.

If you get an explicit __GFP_COMP passed down, the allocator doesn't
know whether that was because they want a user mappable area, or
really want a compound page (in which case, stripping __GFP_COMP is
the wrong thing to do).

>>As a hack, you can make arm's dma_alloc_coherent() drop __GFP_COMP,
>>which should work.
> There are many architectures that have this problem, so I suspect that
> such a patch would be unappreciated.

Hacks usually are ;) It would get you working though.

If you want to write a patch that would be appreciated, that would be

SUSE Labs, Novell Inc.
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