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SubjectRe: [Patch v2] Make PCI extended config space (MMCONFIG) a driver opt-in
On Sat, Dec 29, 2007 at 12:12:19AM +0300, Ivan Kokshaysky wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 12:40:53PM -0500, Loic Prylli wrote:
> > One thing that could be changed in pci_cfg_space_size() is to avoid
> > making a special case for PCI-X 266MHz/533Mhz (assume cfg_size == 256
> > for such devices too, reserve extended cfg-space for pci-express
> > devices). There is good reasons to think no such PCI-X 266Mhz/533 device
> > will ever have an extended-space (no capability IDs was ever defined in
> > the PCI-X 2.0 spec, no new revision is planned). Such a check would
> > avoid the possibility of trying extended-conf-space access for PCI-X 2.0
> > devices behind a amd-8132 or similar (such accesses would just returnd
> > -1, but there was some objections raised about doing anything like that
> > other than at initialization time, even if there is ample reasons to
> > argue it would be harmless).
>
> I agree, we should remove it. IIRC, this PCI-X check was written
> long ago with some draft (not a final spec) in hands. Matthew?

I have what I believe to be the released version of PCI-X 2.0a (July
22, 2003). It is quite clear that Mode 2 devices (ie those running at
266MHz or 533MHz) are required to support all 4096 bytes of extended
config space.

More to the point, I don't think we have any bug reports suggesting that
PCI-X Mode 2 devices/bridges have any problems. There are relatively
few of them in existance, and my impression is that PCI-X2 is only being
implemented on server-class machines. 'Consumer grade' equipment is
where all the problems lie anyway.

While the PCI-X 2.0a spec does not define any Extended Capability IDs,
it simply states that "This field is a PCI-SIG defined ID number that
indicates the nature and format of the Extended Capabilities List item".
The PCIe spec does define Extended Capability IDs, and I would think
it's entirely appropriate to use the same IDs for PCI-X Mode 2 devices.

So I don't believe any change in this area is appropriate.

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operating system, but compare it to ours. We can't possibly take such
a retrograde step."


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