[PATCH v2] mm: dmapool: use provided gfp flags for all dma_alloc_coherent() calls

Soeren Moch smoch at web.de
Tue Jan 29 06:50:04 EST 2013

On 29.01.2013 12:02, Andrew Lunn wrote:
>> Now I activated the debug messages in em28xx. From the messages I
>> see no correlation of the pool exhaustion and lost sync. Also I
>> cannot see any error messages from the em28xx driver.
>> I see a lot of init_isoc/stop_urbs (maybe EPG scan?) without
>> draining the coherent pool (checked with 'cat
>> /debug/dma-api/num_free_entries', which gave stable numbers), but
>> after half an hour there are only init_isoc messages without
>> corresponding stop_urbs messages and num_free_entries decreased
>> until coherent pool exhaustion.
> Hi Soeren
> em28xx_stop_urbs() is only called by em28xx_stop_streaming().
> em28xx_stop_streaming() is only called by em28xx_stop_feed()
> when 0 == dvb->nfeeds.
> em28xx_stop_feed()and em28xx_start_feed() look O.K, dvb->nfeeds is
> protected by a mutex etc.
> Now, em28xx_init_isoc() is also called by buffer_prepare(). This uses
> em28xx_alloc_isoc() to do the actual allocation, and that function
> sets up the urb such that on completion the function
> em28xx_irq_callback() is called.
> It looks like there might be issues here:
> Once the data has been copied out, it resubmits the urb:
>         urb->status = usb_submit_urb(urb, GFP_ATOMIC);
>          if (urb->status) {
>                  em28xx_isocdbg("urb resubmit failed (error=%i)\n",
>                                 urb->status);
>          }
> However, if the ubs_submit_urb fails, it looks like the urb is lost.
> If you look at other code submitting urbs you have this pattern:
>                 rc = usb_submit_urb(isoc_bufs->urb[i], GFP_ATOMIC);
>                  if (rc) {
>                          em28xx_err("submit of urb %i failed (error=%i)\n", i,
>                                     rc);
>                          em28xx_uninit_isoc(dev, mode);
>                          return rc;
>                  }
> Do you have your build such that you would see "urb resubmit failed"
> in your logs? Are there any?

I only had "urb resubmit failed" messages _after_ the coherent pool 
exhaustion. So I guess something below the usb_submit_urb call is 
allocating (too much) memory, sometimes. Or can dvb_demux allocate 
memory and blame orion-ehci for it?


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