[alsa-devel] [PATCH] wss_lib: do not mess mixer settings during probe

Rene Herman rene.herman at keyaccess.nl
Mon Aug 25 00:37:52 CEST 2008

On 24-08-08 21:48, Krzysztof Helt wrote:

>From the Documentation/memory-barriers.txt
> "
> (*) inX(), outX():
> ...
>     They are guaranteed to be fully ordered with respect to each other.
>     They are not guaranteed to be fully ordered with respect to other types of
>      memory and I/O operation.
> ...
> "
> No barriers are needed in this case. 

On x86 certainly not and I would expect these barriers are there for 
cases/architectures where inb() and outb() are redefined to memory 
mapped I/O or there would just be no point at all.

In that case, the first outb() writes an index and we'd better make sure 
that it hits the hardware before we write the value. Hence my suspicion 
that if at all, the mb() should be in between.

No idea who added those and why...


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