[PATCH 1/2] [ide] mmio ide support

Vitaly Bordug vitb at kernel.crashing.org
Tue Jul 10 21:02:28 EST 2007

On Sat, 7 Jul 2007 21:13:06 +0100
Alan Cox wrote:

> On Sat, 07 Jul 2007 13:48:52 +0400
> Vitaly Bordug <vitb at kernel.crashing.org> wrote:
> > 
> > This adds support for MMIO IDE device like CompactFlash 
> > in TrueIDE mode.
> Really we should be working towards libata support for all new
> devices. This looks like a candidate for the existing (or a little
> enhanced) pata_platform driver.

Yes I am aware of it, yet, the code was created for IDE subsystem due to internal reasons,
and I thought to better make it available for others at least. We'll prolly pick it up to move
to libata/pata_platform but not instantly afaict now.

> > +config BLK_DEV_MMIOIDE
> > +	tristate "Memory Mapped IDE support"
> Please pick a better description. This isn't a generic option for
> enabling MMIO based IDE as you make it sound.
> Also we have an accepted match name for ATA platform devices - and
> adding another one messes it up irrespective of whether you want
> libata or legacy IDE support. If you use the same matches then your
> platform code, and everyone elses platform code can work with both
> drivers, except for hotpluggability.
> Other bugs
> - Your remove code releases the resources before the hwif which means
> it races another user trying to claim the resource
> - Be careful with ide_unregister. It exists and you can call it but
> its actually not very safe and there are lots of unfixed races in the
> IDE layer if you do

OK, makes sense.
> The "should we have a legacy ide driver that matches the libata
> pata_platform" question I don't really care about. Its a waste of
> effort in many ways but if you've written the code the work is done
> so why not use it.
> However it needs to be *compatible* so that platform devices can be
> claimed by either so the kernel build can pick legacy IDE v libata and
> not have to #ifdef all the platform code.

Sounds good. I'll look forward to address the issues, thanks.

> Alan

Sincerely, Vitaly

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