On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 12:15:37PM +0100, Robin Murphy wrote:
> On 2020-09-15 16:51, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> [...]
>> +These APIs allow to allocate pages in the kernel direct mapping that are
>> +guaranteed to be DMA addressable.  This means that unlike 
>> dma_alloc_coherent,
>> +virt_to_page can be called on the resulting address, and the resulting
> Nit: if we explicitly describe this as if it's a guarantee that can be 
> relied upon...
>> +struct page can be used for everything a struct page is suitable for.
> [...]
>> +This routine allocates a region of <size> bytes of consistent memory.  It
>> +returns a pointer to the allocated region (in the processor's virtual 
>> address
>> +space) or NULL if the allocation failed.  The returned memory may or may not
>> +be in the kernels direct mapping.  Drivers must not call virt_to_page on
>> +the returned memory region.
> ...then forbid this document's target audience from relying on it, 
> something seems off. At the very least it's unhelpfully unclear :/
> Given patch #17, I suspect that the first paragraph is the one that's no 
> longer true.

Yes.  dma_alloc_pages is the replacement for allocations that need the
direct mapping.  I'll send a patch to document dma_alloc_pages and
fixes this up
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