[RFC PATCH] ARM: Add imprecise abort enable/disable macro

Ben Dooks ben.dooks at codethink.co.uk
Mon Feb 10 11:38:09 EST 2014

On 10/02/14 15:21, Dave Martin wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 02:54:22PM +0000, Ben Dooks wrote:
>> On 10/02/14 14:16, Dave Martin wrote:
>>> On Fri, Feb 07, 2014 at 05:19:15PM +0100, Fabrice GASNIER wrote:
>>>> This patch adds imprecise abort enable/disable macros.
>>>> It also enables imprecise aborts when starting kernel.
>>> Relying on imprecise aborts for hardware probing would be considered bad
>>> hardware and/or software design for ARM-specific stuff.
>>> PCI is more generic though, so we may have to put up with this to some
>>> extent.  Can you point me to the affected probing code?  I'm not very
>>> familiar with that stuff...
>> The marvell pcie always had the option of delivering any bus
>> errors as imprecise aborts. However it was /annoying/ and therefore
> You don't say ;)
>> easier just to turn it off and rely on the hardware returning 0xffff
>> for any configuration area it couldn't get to.
> Does PCI have any way of finding out which parts of the configuration
> space are there before you are forced to go poking around in invalid
> address space?
> I'm guessing there may not be, otherwise this convsersation might not
> be happening ... but I don't know too much about PCI.

IIRC for configuration accesses you have to wait for the PCIe core
to get a response from the other end. The systems I've seen either
poll for completion or hold the transaction until the pcie core has
finished working.

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