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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/5] PNP: HP nx6325 fixup: reserve unreported resources
On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 12:34:20PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 10:17 PM, Bjorn Helgaas <bjorn.helgaas@hp.com> wrote:
> >
> > Not really -- the main point here is to make multi-host bridge
> > machines work reliably, and I really don't see a way to do that
> > without using _CRS.
> >
> > If we're going to use _CRS, I think in the long run we'll be better
> > off if we do it similarly to Windows, despite these early problems.
>
> It's not about any "despite these early problems".
>
> It's about "clearly we're not doing things at all like Windows, and
> it's just broken".
>
> The thing is, we will never be able to match Windows exactly. It may
> well have random hardcoded quirks we simply don't know about.

Granted.

> I'm perfectly happy with you aiming to use _CRS. I am _not_ happy with
> you then using that as an excuse to then do things that don't work.

I don't want to do things that make you unhappy :)

> We will NOT start doing random BIOS-specific quirks just because
> top-down allocations hit other bugs than bottom-up ones do. Just no.
> We'll continue doing that we have tried to do, which is to perhaps
> have quirks that are specific to *hardware* (like the ones in
> drivers/pci/quirks.c) and just filling in stuff that some BIOSes are
> known to get wrong.

I've only proposed one BIOS-specific quirk, which is the one for the
nx6325 unreported regions, and I identified things we do differently
than Windows that explain why we see the problem and Windows doesn't.

If we stop opening windows on subtractive-decode bridges, we don't
need that quirk to avoid the hang. We will still need it if we
want to use more than 40-odd MB of space on a PC Card.

I'm pretty confident that if we could find PC Cards that require
enough space, they wouldn't work under Windows either.

I don't know whether the other patches in this series make you
unhappy. I'm really not happy with how I implemented the avoidance
of ACPI devices when doing PCI allocation, but I do think we need
to avoid them *somehow*, and I was looking for a minimal quick
fix at this point in the cycle.

Avoiding ACPI devices fixes the Matthew's 2530p problem. We can
also avoid that particular problem with the simple PCIBIOS_MAX_MEM_32
change you proposed. However, avoiding ACPI devices fixes other
problems at the same time, such as this one:
https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=23802
where we put the intel-gtt "flush page" on top of an ACPI TPM
device.

Bjorn


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