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Re: missing data cache flush in trap_init?

To: Ralf Baechle <>
Subject: Re: missing data cache flush in trap_init?
From: Jun Sun <>
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001 19:26:23 -0800
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Ralf Baechle wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 02, 2001 at 04:52:22PM -0800, Jun Sun wrote:
> > Someone reported this bug to me.  I think it is a valid one.  Basically
> > trap_init() installs the vectors through kseg0 address and then flushes
> > icache.  It is possible that the vectors are still in the data cache and not
> > written back to memory yet.  If an exception happens it may get the 
> > corrupted
> > the vector value.
> >
> > The following patch should fix it.  I am not sure if I can use
> > flush_cache_range() to have potentially better performance.
> Flush_icache_range is correct;  the function is expected to do any dcache
> writebacks etc. to make dcache / icache / memory coherent.
> Is it possible that you're using a CPU with additional vectors that aren't
> flushed by this flush_icache_call or?
>   Ralf

You are right - flush_icache_range() practically flushes both caches in the
current implementation.  There might be some other problems.

Aside of that, the name of flush_icache_range() seems to be misleading.  Also
in general how does it know which part of dcache to flush() without a given
process mm struct?  If it does not know, the only choice is to flush the whole
dcache, which seems to make this function very close to flush_all().  

Is this function introduced by other CPU platforms?  How would it make a
difference there?  I am just curious ...


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