[alsa-devel] [PATCH 1/1] ASoC: core: cache index fix

Takashi Iwai tiwai at suse.de
Tue Aug 2 14:10:29 CEST 2011

At Tue, 2 Aug 2011 11:15:28 +0000,
Dong Aisheng-B29396 wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Takashi Iwai [mailto:tiwai at suse.de]
> > Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2011 7:09 PM
> > To: Dong Aisheng-B29396
> > Cc: Mark Brown; alsa-devel at alsa-project.org; s.hauer at pengutronix.de;
> > lrg at ti.com; linux-arm-kernel at lists.infradead.org; w.sang at pengutronix.de
> > Subject: Re: [alsa-devel] [PATCH 1/1] ASoC: core: cache index fix
> > 
> > > > reg_cache_size is supposed to be the real size of the cache table.
> > > > This isn't influenced by reg_cache_step value.  So, the behavior in
> > > > soc- io.c (and other ASoC core) is correct.
> > > But the reg is related to step.
> > > So reg and reg_cache_size are un-match when step > 1, right?
> > 
> > I'm not sure what is referred here as reg, but the argument passed to
> > snd_soc_{read|write}() is the raw register index.  reg = 2 is 2 no matter
> > whether reg_cache_step is 1 or 2.  This is passed down to hw_read(), thus
> > reg and reg_cache_size do match even when step > 1.
> > 
> Yes, it is raw register index here.
> The case is that cache array is [reg0, reg1, reg2, reg3],
> So the size is 4.
> But when step is 2, reg0 is 0x0, reg1 is 0x2, reg3 is 0x6.
> So check if reg3 > reg_cache_size is not correct.
> I mean this mismatch. Am I correct?

No, the (flat) cache array held in codec instance contains padding,
e.g. [reg0, 0, reg1, 0, reg2, 0, reg3, 0] in the case above.
cache_reg_step is there just for avoiding the access to invalid
registers in the table-lookup code in soc-*.c.

Thus it's a bug of the driver if it passes reg_cache_default with a
packed array with reg_cache_step > 1.  If the size matters, we may fix
it in soc-core.c to accept packed arrays, but I'm not sure whether
it's worth alone.

(For the sparse data like wm8995, it's a different question; Obviously
 it can be better packed in a form of {index,data} pairs instead of
 the whole sparse array as initial data.  Then we'd need to introduce
 another type of default-data copier in soc-core.c.)

And, in principle, the driver shouldn't access codec->reg_cache
contents directly but use helper functions.  Then the most of
inconsistency issue should go away.


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