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SubjectRe: [PATCH 16/16 v6] PCI: document the new PCI boot parameters
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>>>>> If we do resource rebalance after system is up, do you think  
>>>>> there is any
>>>>> side effect or impact to other subsystem other than PCI (e.g.
>>>>> MTRR)?
>>>> I don't think so.
>>>>> I haven't had much thinking on the dynamical resource rebalance.
>>>>> If you
>>>>> have any idea about this, can you please suggest?
>>>> Yeah, it's going to be hard :)
>>>> We've thought about this in the past, and even Microsoft said it
>>>> was
>>>> going to happen for Vista, but they realized in the end, like we
>>>> did a
>>>> few years previously, that it would require full support of all PCI
>>>> drivers as well (if you rebalance stuff that is already bound to a
>>>> driver.) So they dropped it.
>>>> When would you want to do this kind of rebalancing? Before any PCI
>>>> driver is bound to any devices? Or afterwards?
>>>
>>> I guess if we want the rebalance dynamic, then we should have it
>>> full --
>>> the rebalance would be functional even after the driver is loaded.
>>>
>>> But in most cases, there will be problem when we unload driver
>>> from a hard
>>> disk controller, etc. We can mount root on a ramdisk and do the
>>> rebalance
>>> there, but it's complicated for a real user.
>>>
>>> So looks like doing rebalancing before any driver is bound to any
>>> device is
>>> also a nice idea, if user can get a shell to do rebalance before
>>> built-in
>>> PCI driver grabs device.
>>
>> That's not going to work, it needs to happen before any PCI device is
>> bound, which is before init runs.
>
> We could run shell from early initrd... And PCI is not required for
> initrd, right?

You can't be sure of that - compile your ATA driver =y and you'll
definitely end up using PCI.

Alex


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