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Re: semaphore woes in 2.6, 32bit

To: Atsushi Nemoto <>
Subject: Re: semaphore woes in 2.6, 32bit
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 18:48:35 +0200
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On Sun, May 09, 2004 at 10:56:37PM +0900, Atsushi Nemoto wrote:

> ralf> We got tripped by a change in 2.6.6-rc2.  Before that change the
> ralf> kmalloc slab caches were being created with SLAB_HWCACHE_ALIGN
> ralf> which results in L1_CACHE_SHIFT alignment for allocations of
> ralf> L1_CACHE_SHIFT for slab caches that are at least that size.  For
> ralf> the sake of S390 this behaviour was changed; new it defaults to
> ralf> BYTES_PER_WORD alignment which is four bytes.
> ralf> Fixed by defining ARCH_KMALLOC_MINALIGN as 8.
> Hmm, many drivers use kmalloc and pci_map_single for DMA buffer.  So
> ARCH_KMALLOC_MINALIGN should be L1_CACHE_BYTES for non-coherent
> system?

No, those drivers are simply broken.  dma_get_cache_alignment() gives the
mimimum alignment and width for DMA mappings and that value is larger
than kmalloc alignment in almost all cases.


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