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Re: rm7k flush_icache_line() in rm7k_dma_cache_*

To: William Jhun <>
Subject: Re: rm7k flush_icache_line() in rm7k_dma_cache_*
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 00:41:36 -0700
In-reply-to: <>; from on Mon, Apr 15, 2002 at 11:38:44AM -0700
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On Mon, Apr 15, 2002 at 11:38:44AM -0700, William Jhun wrote:

> We've been experiencing some problems with our RM7k cache code which is
> based on the sgi mm/rm7k.c from around kernel version 2.4.2. While
> trying to track this down, we noticed that someone added a call to
> flush_icache_line() in the rm7k_dma_cache_*() routines (now
> mm/c-rm7k.c). What is the reason for this? It is our understanding that
> the instruction cache does not write back, and so stale cache lines in
> the icache which are later used for data/dma would seem innocuous. Is
> this not true? We could not find a CVS log entry to explain this,
> either. Did anyone experience problems without these calls to
> flush_icache_line()?

All the DMA cache flushes are only supposed to be used from within the
PCI DMA API that is they don't have to deal with instruction caches ever.
As such these flushes are bogus and I'll remove them.


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