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Subject[PATCH 2/2] scsi: Use new __dma_buffer to align sense buffer in scsi_cmnd
The sense buffer ins scsi_cmnd can nowadays be DMA'ed into directly
by some low level drivers (that typically happens with USB mass

This is a problem on non cache coherent architectures such as
embedded PowerPCs where the sense buffer can share cache lines with
other structure members, which leads to various forms of corruption.

This uses the newly defined __dma_buffer annotation to enforce that
on such platforms, the sense_buffer is contained within its own
cache line. This has no effect on cache coherent architectures.

Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>

include/scsi/scsi_cmnd.h | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- linux-merge.orig/include/scsi/scsi_cmnd.h 2007-12-21 13:07:14.000000000 +1100
+++ linux-merge/include/scsi/scsi_cmnd.h 2007-12-21 13:07:29.000000000 +1100
@@ -88,7 +88,7 @@ struct scsi_cmnd {
working on */

- unsigned char sense_buffer[SCSI_SENSE_BUFFERSIZE];
+ unsigned char sense_buffer[SCSI_SENSE_BUFFERSIZE] __dma_buffer;
/* obtained by REQUEST SENSE when
* CHECK CONDITION is received on original
* command (auto-sense) */

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