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Re: Reason for PIO_MASK?

To: Manuel Lauss <>
Subject: Re: Reason for PIO_MASK?
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2009 13:52:20 +0200
Cc: Linux-MIPS <>
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On Sat, Oct 03, 2009 at 04:48:12PM +0200, Manuel Lauss wrote:

> In arch/mips/lib/iomap.c  there's this "#define PIO_MASK 0x0ffff"
> which limits the ability to successfully call ioport_map() to the
> first 64kB.  This causes pata_pcmcia to error out on CF card
> probe because devm_ioport_map() is called with the remapped
> PCMCIA IO area, which is somewhere in MAP_BASE space.

Remapped, so that then actually be a physical address?  That'd be wrong.

> I've temporarily removed the PIO_MASK check and pata_pcmcia
> works as expected. Is there any way around this, other than
> creating an Alchemy-specific ioport_map() function?

The provocative question - why would you want to have more than 64k I/O port

I/O ports are x86 legacy and deprecated.  PCI limits allocations to at
most 256 bytes and I don't know of any devices that even come close to

When I wrote ioport_map I reviwed all uses of ioport addresses > 64k and
found each of them to be buggy ...


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