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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/8] Convert the intel iommu driver to the dma-iommu api
Any news on this? Is there anyone who wants to try and fix this possible bug?

On Mon, 23 Dec 2019 at 03:41, Jani Nikula <jani.nikula@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>
> On Mon, 23 Dec 2019, Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@arm.com> wrote:
> > On 2019-12-23 10:37 am, Jani Nikula wrote:
> >> On Sat, 21 Dec 2019, Tom Murphy <murphyt7@tcd.ie> wrote:
> >>> This patchset converts the intel iommu driver to the dma-iommu api.
> >>>
> >>> While converting the driver I exposed a bug in the intel i915 driver
> >>> which causes a huge amount of artifacts on the screen of my
> >>> laptop. You can see a picture of it here:
> >>> https://github.com/pippy360/kernelPatches/blob/master/IMG_20191219_225922.jpg
> >>>
> >>> This issue is most likely in the i915 driver and is most likely caused
> >>> by the driver not respecting the return value of the
> >>> dma_map_ops::map_sg function. You can see the driver ignoring the
> >>> return value here:
> >>> https://github.com/torvalds/linux/blob/7e0165b2f1a912a06e381e91f0f4e495f4ac3736/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/gem/i915_gem_dmabuf.c#L51
> >>>
> >>> Previously this didn’t cause issues because the intel map_sg always
> >>> returned the same number of elements as the input scatter gather list
> >>> but with the change to this dma-iommu api this is no longer the
> >>> case. I wasn’t able to track the bug down to a specific line of code
> >>> unfortunately.
> >>>
> >>> Could someone from the intel team look at this?
> >>
> >> Let me get this straight. There is current API that on success always
> >> returns the same number of elements as the input scatter gather
> >> list. You propose to change the API so that this is no longer the case?
> >
> > No, the API for dma_map_sg() has always been that it may return fewer
> > DMA segments than nents - see Documentation/DMA-API.txt (and otherwise,
> > the return value would surely be a simple success/fail condition).
> > Relying on a particular implementation behaviour has never been strictly
> > correct, even if it does happen to be a very common behaviour.
> >
> >> A quick check of various dma_map_sg() calls in the kernel seems to
> >> indicate checking for 0 for errors and then ignoring the non-zero return
> >> is a common pattern. Are you sure it's okay to make the change you're
> >> proposing?
> >
> > Various code uses tricks like just iterating the mapped list until the
> > first segment with zero sg_dma_len(). Others may well simply have bugs.
>
> Thanks for the clarification.
>
> BR,
> Jani.
>
> >
> > Robin.
> >
> >> Anyway, due to the time of year and all, I'd like to ask you to file a
> >> bug against i915 at [1] so this is not forgotten, and please let's not
> >> merge the changes before this is resolved.
> >>
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Jani.
> >>
> >>
> >> [1] https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/drm/intel/issues/new
> >>
> >>
>
> --
> Jani Nikula, Intel Open Source Graphics Center

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