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SubjectRe: [PATCH] sata_nv: fix ADMA ATAPI issues with memory over 4GB
Tejun Heo wrote:
> How about always initialize DMA mask to ATA_DMA_MASK regardless of ADMA
> mode such that PRD and PAD buffers are always accessible by register
> mode and just raising PCI dma mask and queue bounce limit if ADMA mode
> is active?

Could be done.. but, I don't want to constrain the ADMA APRD/CPB area in
that way (there are some dual-socket Opteron boxes with this controller,
forcing an allocation below 4GB for this could force a non-optimal node
allocation I think..) To do this I'd have to raise the mask for the APRD
allocation, drop it again, then raise it again in ADMA mode, which is
kind of ugly.

Also, I'd rather not allocate the legacy PRD at all if we're in ADMA
mode. That way, if some bug causes us to try and do legacy DMA in ADMA
mode, we'll crash from null pointer dereference instead of potentially
transferring incorrect data (as we had in this case) and corrupting things.

>> + /* Set appropriate DMA mask. */
>> + pci_set_dma_mask(pdev, bounce_limit);
>> + pci_set_consistent_dma_mask(pdev, bounce_limit);
> These can fail.

Yes, it should likely do something with these return values. Though
theoretically it shouldn't fail, since the DMA mask is either 32-bit,
which shouldn't fail, or one that was successfully set before. Also I
don't think the SCSI layer actually checks the slave_config return
value.. sigh.

> Also, please separate out the result TF handling to a separate patch. I
> know it's a small change but as both introduces important behavior
> changes, I think it would be nice to have a bisection point inbetween.

Could do. That change would have to come first though, as the change to
not allocate the PRD except when necessary would cause some cases there
to blow up when before they might have worked in some cases.

> Thanks.
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