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From: David Gibson <>
To: Andrew Morton <>
Cc: David Miller <>,
	Paul Mackerras <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH,RFC] Add gfp_mask to get_vm_area()
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 15:34:17 +1000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20021001053417.GW10265@zax> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Mon, Sep 30, 2002 at 10:08:00PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> David Gibson wrote:
> >
> > Dave, please consider this patch.  It renames get_vm_area() to
> > __get_vm_area() and adds a gfp_mask parameter which is passed on to
> > kmalloc().  get_vm_area(size,flags) is then defined as as
> > __get_vm_area(size,flags,GFP_KERNEL) to avoid messing with existing
> > callers.
> >
> > We need this in order to sanely make pci_alloc_consistent() (and other
> > consistent allocation functions) obey the DMA-mapping.txt rules on PPC
> > embedded machines (specifically the requirement that it be callable
> > from interrupt context).
> >
> I can look after that for you.  But I'd prefer that you just add the
> extra gfp_flags argument to get_vm_area() and update the 16 callers.
> You cannot call get_vm_area() from interrupt context at present;
> it does write_lock(&vmlist_lock) unsafely.

Oh crap, I'm an idiot.  I've even seen prototype patches for this one
that changed the write_lock() to write_lock_irq(). Duh.

> It would be a bit sad to make vmlist_lock interrupt-safe for this.  Is
> there no alternative?

I don't see an easy one: PPC 4xx has non-coherent cache, so we have to
mark consistent memory non-cacheable.  We want to make the normal
lowmem mapping use large page TLB entries, so we can't frob the
attribute bits on the pages in place.  That means we need to create a
new, non-cacheable mapping for the physical RAM we allocate, which in
turn means allocating a chunk of kernel virtual memory.

> (And what the hell is arch/alpha/mm/init.c:callback_init() doing rewriting
> vmlist?  Somebody shoot that code)

David Gibson			| For every complex problem there is a	| solution which is simple, neat and
				| wrong.

  reply	other threads:[~2002-10-01  5:28 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2002-10-01  4:42 [PATCH,RFC] Add gfp_mask to get_vm_area() David Gibson
2002-10-01  4:37 ` David S. Miller
2002-10-01  5:08 ` Andrew Morton
2002-10-01  5:34   ` David Gibson [this message]
2002-10-01  8:42     ` Russell King
2002-10-02  1:18       ` David Gibson
2002-10-03  4:39     ` David Gibson
2002-10-03  4:56       ` David Gibson
2002-10-03 15:18         ` Russell King
2002-10-04  3:27           ` David Gibson

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