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SubjectRe: [PATCH] USB: OHCI: ohci-sm501: complete URBs in BH context
On Sun, Aug 05, 2018 at 02:38:22PM -0700, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> AFAICS it used to be interrupt tolerant for all but x86 up to commit
> 6894258eda ("dma-mapping: consolidate dma_{alloc,free}_{attrs,coherent}").
> A quick test shows that the warning is indeed not seen if I run my test
> on v3.18.y.
>
> You would have to ask Christoph why it is now interrupt-intolerant for all
> architectures.

interrupt-tolerant actually is a very odd wording. x86 itself (at least
unless using an iommu) actually is fine with calling dma_free_* with
interrupts disabled, but many other architectures are not. For many
architectures that are not cache coherent we'll have to manipulale
the kernel page tables when freeing coherent memory, which we absolutely
can't do from irq context. And as usual in the kernel we try to enforce
the same rules on everyone to allow for portable code.

Also except for the odd USB use cases that abuses dma_alloc_coherent
for the bounce buffers in device local memory you are doing something
wrong if you call dma_alloc*/dma_free* anywhere but during device
initialization and removal. These are slow path interfaces for
allocating memory for things like descriptors and similar. Your fast
path should be using dma_map*/dma_unmap*.

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