[alsa-devel] 2.6.26-rc1 regression: ISA DMA broken (bisected)

Rene Herman rene.herman at keyaccess.nl
Wed May 14 14:46:44 CEST 2008

On 14-05-08 01:18, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:

> On Tuesday 13 May 2008 11:33:25 am Rene Herman wrote:

>> No, isa_device is its own thing, on its own isa_bus (*). It has a struct 
>> device * readily available though...
>> (*) drivers/base/isa.c, and explanatory changelog at:
>> http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git;a=commitdiff;h=a5117ba7da37deb09df5eb802dace229b3fb1e9f
> Thanks for the nice changelog.
> isa_register_driver() currently doesn't set a DMA mask.  Should it?

If it's going to be useful, definitely. The attached does not just set

   dev->dma_mask = &dev->coherent_dma_mask

as in the fallback_dev when dma_alloc_coherent() is passed a NULL device 
only due to the mask juggling in snd_dma_hack_alloc_coherent() (which 
wouldn't break, but...) but introduces its own copy in struct isa_dev 
same as struct pnp_dev. As far as I'm aware, there's no actual reason 
for keeping it other than that and if the hack could go I'd rather lose 
the private mask copy again also.

(the device model still uses a plain u64 by the way but I guess the 
clean type would be a dma64_addr_t)

Inlining is whitespace-failing here. Patch itself is trivial...

> I only see about 35 dma_alloc_coherent() calls that pass NULL.  I 
> guess even those would be a fair amount of work to change, and I 
> suppose there would be more that I missed.

At least the ALSA one isn't passing a literal NULL it seems. But yes, 
current NULL-hack reinstatement (it's been merged by Linus already) is 
definitely the correct fix for now.

Would like a comment on the snd_dma_hack_alloc_coherent thing first (no 
signoff...) but other than that I'll submit this in preparation for it 
being useful, I guess?

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