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SubjectRe: [Patch v2] Make PCI extended config space (MMCONFIG) a driver opt-in

On 1/13/2008 3:43 PM, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 10:41:24AM -0800, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
>> Note: There is not a 100% overlap between "need" and "will not be used in
>> the patches that use legacy for < 256". In the other patches posted,
>> extended config space will be used in cases where it won't be with my
>> patch. (Most obvious one is an "lspci -vx" from automated scripts).
> I believe you to be mistaken in this belief. If you take Ivan's patch,
> conf1 is used for all accesses below 256 bytes. lspci -x only dumps
> config space up to 64 bytes; lspci -xxxx is needed to show extended pci
> config space.

I agree with Arjan about that "not a 100% overlap". It is about the
extra ext-conf-space access done while probing in drivers/pci/probe.c:
dev->cfg_size = pci_cfg_space_size(dev);

(and lspci -v will also query/show the list of extended-caps for
pci-x/pcie-x devices that have some, provided the kernel can access

With Ivan's patch, that line would still cause one extended-conf-space
access at offset 256 for pcie/pci-x2 devices (to check the ability to
query ext-space). Arjan "opt-in" patch would prevent that extra access.

IMHO that access is OK and harmless in all cases, we are already
protected by MCFG/e820 checks, but I agree one can express a different
opinion based on trying to prevent "never-seen/potential" hardware/BIOS
bugs. FWIW it is also there that I was suggested to exclude PCI-X2
devices (when restricted to pcie, that access while probing cannot even
cause the harmless master-abort/0xffffffff), but there is a small trade-off.


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