[PATCH V3 2/4] ACPI/scan: Clean up acpi_check_dma

Suravee Suthikulpanit suravee.suthikulpanit at amd.com
Tue Oct 13 08:52:21 PDT 2015

Hi Bjorn,

Thanks for your feedback. And sorry for late response. Some how I didn't 
see this earlier.  Please see my comments below.

On 09/14/2015 09:34 AM, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:
>> [..]
>> So, in order to simplify the function, this patch renames acpi_check_dma()
>> to acpi_check_dma_coherency() to clearly indicate the purpose of this
>> function, and only returns an integer where -1 means DMA not supported,
>> 1 means coherent DMA, and 0 means non-coherent DMA.
> I think acpi_check_dma_coherency() is better, but only slightly.  It
> still doesn't give a hint about the *sense* of the return value.  I
> think it'd be easier to read if there were two functions, e.g.,

I have been going back-and-forth between the current version, and the 
two-function-approach in the past. I can definitely go with this route 
if you would prefer. Although, if acpi_dma_is_coherent() == 0, it would 
be ambiguous whether DMA is not supported or non-coherent DMA is 
supported. Then, we would need to call acpi_dma_is_supported() to find 
out. So, that's okay with you?

>> [...]
>> +
>> +	/**
>> +	 * Currently, we only support _CCA=1 (i.e. coherent_dma=1)
>> +	 * This should be equivalent to specifying dma-coherent for
>> +	 * a device in OF.
>> +	 *
>> +	 * For the case when _CCA=0 (i.e. coherent_dma=0 && cca_seen=1),
>> +	 * we have two choices:
>> +	 *   1. Do not support and disable DMA.
> I know you didn't write this comment, but do we actually *disable* DMA in
> the sense of turning off PCI bus mastering or calling an ACPI method that
> disables DMA by this device?  I suspect we just don't set up DMA ops and
> masks for this device.

Actually, I wrote this comment. When we disable DMA, we basically set 
dma-mask=0 and do not setup DMA ops as you mentioned. We don't actually 
mess with the hardware.


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