[PATCH] ARM: Add writethrough dcache support for ARM926EJS processor

Mark A. Greer mgreer at mvista.com
Wed Sep 9 12:50:35 EDT 2009

From: Mark A. Greer <mgreer at mvista.com>

The ARM kernel supports writethrough data cache via the
functionality wasn't implemented in the arch/arm/boot/compressed
code.  It is now necessary due to a new ARM926EJS processor
that has an issue with writeback data cache.

Signed-off-by: Mark A. Greer <mgreer at mvista.com>
This patch was motivated by a dcache writeback bug in some revisions
of TI's DA830/OMAP-L137 (ARM926EJS) SoC.  It has been tested using
Kevin Hilman's DaVinci tree where that SoC is supported.  Compile
tested only in the linux-2.6 ARM kernel.

I submitted this patch a while back,
and Russell responded with,
to which both George Davis and I responded but Russell has been too
busy to continue the conversation.

So, I'm resubmitting in the hope that this patch gets accepted or I
can get some more feedback as to what needs to be done to make it

Many thanks to George Davis for helping me with the low-level ARM-ese.

 arch/arm/boot/compressed/head.S |   16 ++++++++++++++++
 1 files changed, 16 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/arm/boot/compressed/head.S b/arch/arm/boot/compressed/head.S
index fa6fbf4..70806c1 100644
--- a/arch/arm/boot/compressed/head.S
+++ b/arch/arm/boot/compressed/head.S
@@ -412,7 +412,11 @@ __setup_mmu:	sub	r3, r4, #16384		@ Page directory size
 		orr	r1, r1, #3 << 10
 		add	r2, r3, #16384
 1:		cmp	r1, r9			@ if virt > start of RAM
+		orrhs	r1, r1, #0x08		@ set cacheable
 		orrhs	r1, r1, #0x0c		@ set cacheable, bufferable
 		cmp	r1, r10			@ if virt > end of RAM
 		bichs	r1, r1, #0x0c		@ clear cacheable, bufferable
 		str	r1, [r0], #4		@ 1:1 mapping
@@ -436,6 +440,12 @@ __setup_mmu:	sub	r3, r4, #16384		@ Page directory size
 		mov	pc, lr
+		mov	r0, #4			@ put dcache in WT mode
+		mcr	p15, 7, r0, c15, c0, 0
 		mov	r12, lr
 #ifdef CONFIG_MMU
@@ -655,6 +665,12 @@ proc_types:
 		W(b)	__armv4_mpu_cache_off
 		W(b)	__armv4_mpu_cache_flush
+		.word	0x41069260		@ ARM926EJ-S (v5TEJ)
+		.word	0xff0ffff0
+		b	__arm926ejs_mmu_cache_on
+		b	__armv4_mmu_cache_off
+		b	__armv5tej_mmu_cache_flush
 		.word	0x00007000		@ ARM7 IDs
 		.word	0x0000f000
 		mov	pc, lr

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