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Re: [PATCH] I/O helpers rework

To: Atsushi Nemoto <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] I/O helpers rework
From: "Maciej W. Rozycki" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 15:28:24 +0000 (GMT)
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On Fri, 7 Jan 2005, Atsushi Nemoto wrote:

> 1. How about adding 'volatile' and '__iomem' to *read*()/*write*() ?
>    While some archs use 'volatile void __iomem *' and some are not, I
>    think *read*()/*write*()/ioremap()/iounmap() should use same type.
>    This will remove some compiler warnings.

 Hmm, what's the semantics of "volatile void *"?  I can't imagine any, so 
I don't think it would be useful.  OTOH, I do agree the types used should 
be the same for all the mentioned functions and I'm inclined to make it 
"void __iomem *".  For *read*(), "const" would be included as well.

> 2. How about using 'const void *' for outs*()?  This will remove some
>    compiler warnings too.


> 3. In *in*()/*out*(), it would be better to call __swizzle_addr*()
>    AFTER adding mips_io_port_base.  This unifies the meaning of the
>    argument of __swizzle_addr*() (always virtual address).  Then,
>    mach-specific __swizzle_addr*() can to every evil thing based on
>    the argument.

 Well, it shouldn't really matter as mips_io_port_base is expected to be 
page-aligned anyway.  But I have no objections either.

> 4. How about enclosing all *ioswab*() by '#ifndef' ?  Also how about
>    passing virtual address to *ioswab*() ?  I mean something like:
> # ifndef ioswabw
> #  define ioswabw(a,x)                le16_to_cpu(x)
> # endif
> # ifndef __raw_ioswabw
> #  define __raw_ioswabw(a,x)  (x)
> # endif
> ...
>       __val = pfx##ioswab##bwlq(__mem, val);                          \
>   Then we can provide mach-specific *ioswab*() in mach-*/mangle-port.h
>   and can do every evil thing based on its argument.  It is usefull on
>   machines which have regions with defirrent endian conversion scheme.
>   Also, this can clean up CONFIG_SGI_IP22 from io.h
>   (mach-ip22/mangle-port.h can provide its own *ioswabw*()).

 Instead of using "#ifndef" the generic versions could be moved to 
<asm-mips/mach-generic/mangle-port.h>.  Otherwise it sounds reasonable.

 Note that __mem is a virtual address, though, so you'd have to perform a 
physical address lookup before deciding on a swapping strategy -- would we 
really have a gain on any system from using regions with different 
swapping properties?

 Thanks for your feedback.


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