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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/8] fbdev: ssd1307fb: Use vmalloc to allocate video memory.
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On Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 10:31 PM, Thomas Niederprüm
<niederp@physik.uni-kl.de> wrote:
> Am Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:28:25 +0200
> schrieb Tomi Valkeinen <tomi.valkeinen@ti.com>:
>> Also, isn't doing __pa() for the memory returned by vmalloc plain
>> wrong?
>
>> What was the crash about when using kmalloc? It would be good to fix
>> defio, as I don't see why it should not work with kmalloced memory.
>
> The main challenge here is that the memory handed to userspace upon
> mmap call needs to be page aligned. The memory returned by kmalloc has
> no such alignment, but the pointer presented to the userspace program
> gets aligned to next page boundary. It's not clear to me whether there
> is an easy way to obtain page aligned kmalloc memory. Memory
> allocated by vmalloc on the other hand is always aligned to page
> boundaries. This is why I chose to go for vmalloc.

__get_free_pages()?

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

Geert

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