[alsa-devel] [regression] 2.6.25-rc4 snd-es18xx broken on Alpha

Bob Tracy rct at frus.com
Tue Apr 1 22:26:05 CEST 2008

Tyson Whitehead wrote:
> Okay.  I finally got everything tested on my Miata.  Unless I missed 
> something, the es1888_init routine only gets compiled in with 

The current arch/alpha/kernel/Makefile build logic shows es1888.o built
as part of CONFIG_ALPHA_GENERIC, but if that option isn't enabled, then
enabling any of the following configuration options will cause es1888.o
to be built:


> As I've been using the debian generic kernel (i.e., 
> CONFIG_ALPHA_GENERIC), I have never relied on this routine for anything.
> I did discover, however, when I compiled my own kernel (2.6.25-rc5) with 
> CONFIG_ALPHA_MIATA, things stopped working.  Specifically, I no longer 
> got any interupts (with or without the es1888_init patch and with or 
> without the alternative es188xx interupt patch) associated with either 
> the builtin sound card (es1888) or the IDE controller (CMD646).

Interesting.  I *seldom* use the Debian generic kernel.  It's available,
and I install updated versions when they are released, but all of my
testing has been with kernels built from the standard kernel.org sources
with CONFIG_ALPHA_MIATA enabled.

> With CONFIG_ALPHA_GENERIC I only get one interupt with the es18xx driver 
> unless I applied to "alternative interupt" handling code.  Further, 
> sometime between 2.6.14 and 2.6.16, mpg321 (using the alsa driver) 
> started generating "Bad page state in process 'mpg321' ... Trying to fix 
> it up, but a reboot is needed" kernel messages.

This is consistent with what I remember you reporting when we were
looking at this back in the 2.6.14 timeframe.  I was reporting the "bad
page state" problems with 2.6.22-rc6 and -rc7.  In my case, the trigger
was a different application, but only happened when snd_es18xx was
loaded.  Hugh Dickins suggested it was a regression introduced in
2.6.15 that I had managed to successfully avoid tripping on :-).  The
analysis went something like this:

	snd_pcm_lib_preallocate_pages_for_all(pcm, SNDRV_DMA_TYPE_DEV, ...
led us to sound/core/memalloc.c:
	res = dma_alloc_coherent(dev, PAGE_SIZE << pg, dma, gfp_flags);
where __GFP_COMP was carefully included in gfp_flags to avoid the
kinds of problems I was seeing (replacing the pre-2.6.15 use of

Hugh said we could blame him or Nick for removing the special
PageReserved usage, or the Alpha for ignoring gfp_flags in the

  #define dma_alloc_coherent(dev, size, addr, gfp)      \
                pci_alloc_consistent(alpha_gendev_to_pci(dev), size, addr)

The workaround (until the official patch was issued) was a small patch
against arch/alpha/kernel/pci_iommu.c:pci_alloc_consistent() that
replaced "gfp_t gfp = GFP_ATOMIC;" with "gfp_t gfp = GFP_ATOMIC|__GFP_COMP;".
That eliminated the "bad page state" errors for me, and I don't recall
what the official patch was.

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