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SubjectRe: dma-mapping: clearing GFP_ZERO flag caused crashes of Ethernet on arc/hsdk board.
On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 8:12 PM, Evgeniy Didin
<Evgeniy.Didin@synopsys.com> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> After commit 57bf5a8963f8 ("dma-mapping: clear harmful GFP_* flags in common code") we noticed problems with Ethernet controller on one of our platforms (namely ARC HSDK).
> I
> n particular we see that removal of __GFP_ZERO flag in function dma_alloc_attrs() was the culprit because in our implementation of arc_dma_alloc() we only allocate zeroed pages if
> that flag is explicitly set by the caller. Now with unconditional removal of that flag in dma_alloc_attrs() we allocate non-zeroed pages and that seem to cause problems.
>
> From
> mentioned commit message I may conclude that architectural code is supposed to always allocate zeroed pages but I cannot find any requirement of that in kernel's documentation.
> Coul
> d you please point me to that requirement if that exists at all, then we'll implement a fix in our arch code like that:

Can you elaborate what driver is in use?
stmmac with dwmac-anarion?

If so, this driver (w/o anarion parts, which I believe doesn't have
anything to do with this) is widely used on other platforms.
We have to see a lot of reports, though only one so far?

The logical question is why?

Another question why caller can't ask for zero pages explicitly?

P.S. Current kernel code shows only 3 use cases of GFP_ZERO. It seems
arm64 has something similar in mind.

> --------------------->8---------------------
> diff --git
> a/arch/arc/mm/dma.c b/arch/arc/mm/dma.c
> index 1dcc404b5aec..c92e518413aa 100644
> --- a/arch/arc/mm/dma.c
> +++ b/arch/arc/mm/dma.c
> @@ -30,7 +30,7 @@ static void *arc_dma_alloc(struct
> device *dev, size_t size,
> void *kvaddr;
> int need_coh = 1, need_kvaddr = 0;
>
> - page = alloc_pages(gfp, order);
> + page = alloc_pages(gfp | __GFP_ZERO, order);
>
> if (!page)
> return NULL;
> --------------------->8---------------------
>
> Best regards,
> Evgeniy Didin



--
With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

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