[RFC PATCH] scatterlist: Initialize the dma_address field with invalid dma address

Nicolas Ferre nicolas.ferre at atmel.com
Fri Dec 10 05:37:06 EST 2010

Le 09/12/2010 21:00, David Miller :
> From: Nicolas Ferre <nicolas.ferre at atmel.com>
> Date: Thu,  9 Dec 2010 14:15:14 +0100
>> Initialize the the dma_address field so that it will be possible to test
>> its value while using scatterlists. This field will be compatible with
>> testing by dma_mapping_error().
>> Signed-off-by: Nicolas Ferre <nicolas.ferre at atmel.com>
> Please don't do this, it's unjustified and it's going to kill performance.

Yes, that is what I suspected...

> Even if it were a good change, you should have used the invalid DMA
> address definition defined by various architectures instead of a constant.

Well this definition seems to be spread among drivers (mostly usb ones):
And also sometimes with different names:

> You should be aware of whether entries in a scatterlist have been setup
> by your code path.

Yes, in fact my need is related to the fact that my scatterlist is
filled in a driver and then handled by the dmaengine driver.
But I will reconsider the path taken by my sg to be able to avoid
checking the dma_address field.

Best regards,
Nicolas Ferre

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