On Wed, 18 Apr 2007 22:13:02 +0800, Fuxin Zhang <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >> +#if defined(__mips__) && defined(CONFIG_DMA_NONCOHERENT)
> >> + /* all mmap using uncached mode */
> >> + area->vm_page_prot = pgprot_noncached(area->vm_page_prot);
> >> + area->vm_flags |= ( VM_RESERVED | VM_IO);
> > VM_RESERVED will prevent the buffer from being freed. I assume that is
> > another workaround for some kernel subsystem blowing up when being fed a
> > pointer to an uncached RAM address? This smells like a memory leak.
> Oh, VM_RESERVED should be a memory leak problem, we can remove it.
> I don't remember any case of other subsystem's problem, just did not
> think much
> to add those flags.
I think pgprot_noncached() is needed because user mapping for a DMA
buffer (runtime->dma_area) should be uncache. If so, doing this in
snd_pcm_mmap() looks a bit suspicious. It seems snd_pcm_mmap_data()
is a place to do such an adjustment. But for now, both
snd_pcm_mmap_status() and snd_pcm_mmap_control() returns -ENXIO for
MIPS so this is not a real problem.
And I wonder if VM_IO is really needed. The area is a DMA buffer,
_not_ a memory mapped IO area, isn't it?
> > I would suggest to get rid of this ifdef with a new arch-specific function
> > like vmap_io_buffer which will do whatever a platform seems fit for this
> > case?
> I think arch-specific function is the correct way, but don't know what
> the alsa gods think.
JFYI, there were some discussions on this topic a while ago:
and I'v seen MIPS version of dma_mmap_coherent(), etc. somewhere...