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SubjectRe: [RESEND PATCH] arm: assabet_defconfig: disable IDE subsystem


On Wednesday, July 13, 2016 06:45:12 PM Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 04:37:31PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > On Wednesday, July 13, 2016 12:59:23 PM CEST Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
> > >
> > > On Friday, July 08, 2016 10:23:48 PM Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > > > On Friday, July 8, 2016 5:24:41 PM CEST Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
> > > > > This patch disables deprecated IDE subsystem in assabet_defconfig
> > > > > (no IDE host drivers are selected in this config so there is no
> > > > > valid reason to enable IDE subsystem itself).
> > > > >
> > > > > Cc: Dmitry Eremin-Solenikov <>
> > > > > Signed-off-by: Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz <>
> > > >
> > > > I think the series makes a lot of sense. I have checked your assertions
> > > > in the changelogs and found no flaws in your logic, so I think we should
> > > > take them all through arm-soc unless there are other concerns.
> > >
> > > Thank you.
> > >
> > > Should I resend everything or just patches that were not reposted yet
> > > (the ones that were marked as RFT initially and got no feedback)?
> >
> > I'd be fine with just getting a pull request with all the patches that
> > had no negative feedback and that were not already applied (if any).
> I'd actually say be very careful about this - there's a big difference
> between the ATA subsystem and IDE subsystem. I've had situations with
> old platforms where stuff works with IDE and not ATA.
> For example, using the CY82C693 driver used to work with the IDE
> subsystem before it got broken on ARM systems with DMA disabled (because
> the CY82C693 deadlocks the PCI bus on any BM-DMA). From what I remember,
> ATA provided no easy way to disable DMA on such interfaces.

You can do this using libata.dma kernel parameter:

libata.dma= [LIBATA] DMA control
libata.dma=0 Disable all PATA and SATA DMA
libata.dma=1 PATA and SATA Disk DMA only
libata.dma=2 ATAPI (CDROM) DMA only
libata.dma=4 Compact Flash DMA only
Combinations also work, so libata.dma=3 enables DMA
for disks and CDROMs, but not CFs.

Or even force specific speed for chosen device using libata.force
kernel parameter:

libata.force= [LIBATA] Force configurations. The format is comma
separated list of "[ID:]VAL" where ID is
PORT[.DEVICE]. PORT and DEVICE are decimal numbers
matching port, link or device. Basically, it matches
the ATA ID string printed on console by libata. If
the whole ID part is omitted, the last PORT and DEVICE
values are used. If ID hasn't been specified yet, the
configuration applies to all ports, links and devices.

If only DEVICE is omitted, the parameter applies to
the port and all links and devices behind it. DEVICE
number of 0 either selects the first device or the
first fan-out link behind PMP device. It does not
select the host link. DEVICE number of 15 selects the
host link and device attached to it.

The VAL specifies the configuration to force. As long
as there's no ambiguity shortcut notation is allowed.
For example, both 1.5 and 1.5G would work for 1.5Gbps.
The following configurations can be forced.
* Transfer mode: pio[0-7], mwdma[0-4] and udma[0-7].
udma[/][16,25,33,44,66,100,133] notation is also

However it would be the best to detect affected platforms from
ATA host driver and not enable DMA on them automatically (same
is true for IDE subsystem host driver equivalent).

> I also looked at using ATA on EBSA110, and it was far from trivial due
> to munged address lines and access size problems: with IDE, it was
> easy to work around by redirecting the in*/out* appropriately on a
> per-driver basis. I forget exactly why ATA didn't work, but it didn't
> and I came to the conclusion that it was not feasible to fix.

You can define your own transport helpers in ATA subsystem (same
is true for IDE subsystem BTW) hacking in*()/out*() helpers is not
how it should be done.

Please just post patches / questions and I would be glad to help
with making ATA subsystem work on hardware that is currently limited
to IDE subsystem.

[ BTW from looking at examples given it seems that they don't work
even with IDE subsystem nowadays. ]

> So, please don't assume that ATA can be simply slotted in instead of
> IDE.

I don't assume it. Each case was reviewed separately and I replaced
only that host drivers in defconfigs that looked OK after doing full
code comparison between IDE and ATA versions. If you know about
specific cases that won't work after my patches please let me know.

Best regards,
Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz
Samsung R&D Institute Poland
Samsung Electronics

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