[PATCH] Documentation: dmaengine: Add a documentation for the dma controller API
vinod.koul at intel.com
Fri Aug 1 10:13:06 PDT 2014
On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 06:23:30PM +0200, Maxime Ripard wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 05:26:28PM +0530, Vinod Koul wrote:
> Also, feel free to add anything that you feel like you keep saying
> during the review. If mistakes keep coming, it's probably worth
> documenting what you expect.
I think the common issues seen would be:
- prpeare calls in atomic context and usuage of GFP_NOWAIT for memory
- residue callculation, though situation is much better now but still lots
of driver do it worng and folks do get it wrong
> > > Because, for the moment, we're pretty much left in the dark with
> > > different drivers doing the same thing in completetely different ways,
> > > with basically no way to tell if it's either the framework that
> > > requires such behaviour, or if the author was just feeling creative.
> > >
> > > There's numerous examples for this at the moment:
> > > - The GFP flags, with different drivers using either GFP_ATOMIC,
> > > GFP_NOWAIT or GFP_KERNEL in the same functions
> > > - Having to set device_slave_caps or not?
> > > - Some drivers use dma_run_depedencies, some other don't
> > > - That might just be my experience, but judging from previous
> > > commits, DMA_PRIVATE is completely obscure, and we just set it
> > > because it was making it work, without knowing what it was
> > > supposed to do.
> > > - etc.
> > Thanks for highlighting we should definitely add these in Documentation
> It's quite clear in the case of the GFP flags now, Lars-Peter and you
> cleared up device_slave_caps, but I still could use some help with
> > > And basically, we have no way to tell at the moment which one is
> > > right and which one needs fixing.
> > >
> > > The corollary being that it cripples the whole community ability to
> > > maintain the framework and make it evolve.
> > >
> > > > > + * device_slave_caps
> > > > > + - Isn't that redundant with the cap_mask already?
> > > > > + - Only a few drivers seem to implement it
> > > > For audio to know what your channel can do rather than hardcoding it
> > >
> > > Ah, yes, I see it now. It's not related to the caps mask at all.
> > >
> > > Just out of curiosity, wouldn't it be better to move this to the
> > > framework, and have these informations provided through the struct
> > > dma_device? Or would it have some non-trivial side-effects?
> > Well the problem is ability to have this queried uniformly from all drivers
> > across subsystems. If we can do this that would be nice.
> I can work on some premelinary work to do just that, and see if it
> works for you then.
Sure sounds excellent to me
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