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SubjectRe: [BUILD FAILURE 01/04] Next June 04:PPC64 randconfig [drivers/staging/comedi/drivers.o]
On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 20:34, Subrata Modak<> wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-06-09 at 13:50 +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
>> On Sun, 2009-06-07 at 20:06 +0530, Subrata Modak wrote:
>> > On Sat, 2009-06-06 at 09:36 -0400, Frank Mori Hess wrote:
>> > > On Saturday 06 June 2009, Greg KH wrote:
>> > > > Frank and Ian, any thoughts about the vmap call in the
>> > > > comedi_buf_alloc() call?  Why is it using PAGE_KERNEL_NOCACHE, and what
>> > > > is the prealloc_buf buffer used for?
>> > >
>> > > It is a circular buffer used to hold data streaming either to or from a
>> > > board (for example when producing an analog output waveform).  Reads and
>> > > writes to the device files read/write to the circular buffer, plus a few
>> > > drivers do dma directly to/from it.  I personally don't have a problem
>> > > with requiring drivers to have their own dma buffers and making them copy
>> > > data between their private dma buffers and the main circular buffer.  I
>> > > guess the original design wanted to support zero-copy dma.
>> >
>> > Great to hear that. How about a patch that solves my build problem on
>> > PPC64(the problem seems to be existing for long) ?
>> In any case, doing PAGE_KERNEL_NOCACHE for DMA memory is incorrect on
>> many architectures. So at this stage, there's no much option but ifdef I
>> suspect for now until this is fixed properly.
> Ok. But, i am not sure whether Greg will agree to this. If, Ok, is the
> following patch i sent earlier Ok ?

Your patch helps powerpc only. Compilation is still broken on most
other architectures.

>> It does make sense to want to have some memory like that shared between
>> user space and DMA, though I don't know what the right approach that
>> works on all archs is at this stage. Worth asking the Alsa guys, I think
>> they have similar issues :-)
>> But doing double buffering might do the trick fine for now.



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