> : There is absolutely no reason for the ata driver not to simply set 
> : RF_SHAREABLE and be done with it.  It's up to the driver's parent (isa, 
> : pci, etc) to decide whether the interrupt is in fact shareable or not.
> : 
> : The ata driver itself can share interrupts just fine, and it should 
> : reflect this in its interrupt allocation.
> Actually, there is a reason.  Ata is special like pcic is special.
> Both of them can have multiple interrupt routing methods.  When ata is
> connected directly to the south bridge, it can route ISA interrupts,
> even though it is a pci device.  In this case, it is unsafe to share
> interrupts between the ata device and anything else.  Even though it
> looks like a pci device, the interrupt routing is ISA.

This just reinforces what I said; shareability has nothing to do with the 
driver, and everything to do with where the interrupts come *from*.

> Cardbus bridges in laptops have the same problems.  And it is looking
> like we can't just use the pcibios to route the interrupts on some
> older machines so we have to have some way to say "use isa interrupts
> for this device."  That's a big pain for cardbus bridges because many
> of them would really like to be pci devices so you can relocate memory
> out of the ISA hole, etc.

There's no reason they can't be PCI devices, but using interrupts from 

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