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SubjectRe: [PATCH V7 0/7] LPC: legacy ISA I/O support
On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 5:05 AM, zhichang.yuan
<> wrote:
>> - I think the libio framework is more generic than it needs to be, but as
>> Alex really liked it this way and it was done like this based on his earlier
>> comments, I think that's ok.
>> - after we went back and forth on the ACPI implementation, we concluded
>> that it is correct to do the same as on DT and completely abstract the
>> number space for I/O ports. No code should rely on a Linux port number
>> to have any particular relation to the physical address or the the address
>> on a PCI or LPC bus.
> Thanks again for your helps in Linaro Connect!
> I think we are heading for this direction, is it?

Yes, I think so.

>> - I'm pretty sure the current implementation is broken for the ioport_map
>> function that tries to turn an IORESOURCE_IO number into a pointer.
>> Forcing CONFIG_GENERIC_IOMAP on would solve this, but also
>> make all MMIO operations slower, which we probably don't want.
>> It's probably enough to add a check in ioport_map() to see if the range
>> is mapped into a virtual address or not.
> Yes, I think our LIBIO will break the ioport_map() at this moment.
> I try to solve this issue. Could you help to check the following ideas?
> I am not deeper understanding the whole I/O framework, the following maybe not correct:(
> ioport_map seems architecture-dependent. For our LIBIO, we don't want to replace the existing I/O
> frameworks which support MMIO at this moment. Can we add these two revise to solve this issue?
> 1) Make LIBIO only target for non GENERIC_IOMAP platforms
> config LIBIO
> bool "Generic logical IO management"
> depends on !GENERIC_IOMAP

I don't think there is even a problem with GENERIC_IOMAP: If both are
set, passing a low number as a pointer will turn an ioread32() into an
inl(), which is implemented by libio.

> def_bool y if PCI && (ARC || MN10300 || UNICORE32 || SPARC || MICROBLAZE || S390 || AVR32 || CRIS || BLACKFIN || XTENSA || ARM64)

I think most of these architectures just use their own inb/outb functions,
and should not use libio at all.

It's also possible that they use an older way of mapping I/O ports by calling
ioremap() on the physical address and treating the pointer as a 32-bit
I/O port number (relying on the PCI_IOBASE=0 default). Architectures doing
that might have other issues with libio, and I wouldn't try converting those.

> 2) Modify the ioport_map() defined in asm-generic/io.h
> Add the checks to identify the input 'port' is MMIO, otherwise, return NULL;

This seems fine.

>> - We could simplify the lookup a bit by using the trick from arch/ia64
>> of using an array instead of linked list for walking the port numbers.
>> There, the upper bits of the port number refer to an address space
>> number while the lower bits refer to the bus address within that
>> address space. This should work just as well as the current
>> implementation but would be a little easier to understand. Maybe
>> Bjorn can comment on this too, as I think he was involved with the
>> ia64 implementation.
> Yes, It will be more efficient.
> But the issue remained here is still how to coexist with the existing I/O frameworks.
> I will continue to look into.

Ok. Let's wait for Bjorn to reply on this idea before you spend too much time
on this though.


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