consistent_alloc() on PPC

Matt Porter mporter at
Fri Jan 21 05:16:27 EST 2005

On Thu, Jan 20, 2005 at 10:00:47PM +0530, Sachin P wrote:
> Hi,
> Thanks a lot to all of you for the help . 
> The following is a more clearer version of the problem I am facing :
> 1.I am porting drivers from X86 (running Linux 2.4-20) to 
>   PPC platform running (Montevista Linux-2.4.20).
> 2.In  wrapper function for DMA allocation, I am using 
>   consistent_alloc() to allocate the memory. This function gives me
>   both the virtual-address as well as the dma-address.
>   I pass both these values to the upper-level drivers.
> 3. However , once the upper-level drivers are done with the memory
>    they call the wrapper function for free dma and pass only the dma
>    address and not the virtual-address. However consistent_free() 
>    accepts only virtual-address. 
>    Hence I need a way to convert the dma address to the
>    virtual-address.  

All you need to do is cache the virtual address and the dma/phys
address for later use when calling consistent_free(). converting
random DMA/phys to virtual is a bad idea since you are going to
find multiple mappings. Cache the results in your's


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