[alsa-devel] [PATCH] ASoC: snd_dmaengine: add common api for pcm_mmap

Lars-Peter Clausen lars at metafoo.de
Fri Jun 29 18:42:23 CEST 2012

On 06/28/2012 03:51 PM, Takashi Iwai wrote:
> At Thu, 28 Jun 2012 19:06:07 +0530,
> Laxman Dewangan wrote:
> [...]
> But, still we need to be careful about this.  As mentioned, there is
> no flag to know the possibility of writecombine mmap beforehand.
> It'd be nice if we have either a compile-time or a run-time flag /
> function to check that.  Then the driver can also expose the mmap
> capability to user-space depending on the flag.

If writecombine is not supported it will fallback to a "normal" mmap.
Here's an excerpt from the DMA mapping documentation:


DMA_ATTR_WRITE_COMBINE specifies that writes to the mapping may be
buffered to improve performance.

Since it is optional for platforms to implement DMA_ATTR_WRITE_COMBINE,
those that do not will simply ignore the attribute and exhibit default

- Lars

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