semantics of dma_map_single()

James Bottomley James.Bottomley at
Mon Jul 17 09:46:30 PDT 2017

On Mon, 2017-07-17 at 09:06 -0700, Vineet Gupta wrote:
> Hi Christoph,
> On 07/16/2017 11:42 PM, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > 
> > I would expect that it would support any contiguous range in
> > the kernel mapping (e.g. no vmalloc and friends).  But it's not
> > documented anywhere, and if no in kernel users makes use of that
> > fact at the moment it might be better to document a page size
> > limitation and add asserts to enforce it.
> My first thought was indeed to add a BUG_ON for @size > PAGE_SIZE
> (also accounting for offset etc), but I have a feeling this will
> cause too many breakages. So perhaps it would be better to add the
> fact to Documentation that it can handle any physically contiguous
> range.

Actually, that's not historically right.  dma_map_single() was
originally designed to be called on any region that was kmalloc'd
meaning it was capable of mapping physically contiguous > PAGE_SIZE

For years (decades?) we've been eliminating the specialised
dma_map_single() calls in favour of dma_map_sg, so it's possible there
may not be any large region consumers anymore, so it *may* be safe to
enforce a PAGE_SIZE limit, but not without auditing the remaining


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