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Date:	Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:08:59 +0200
From:	Joerg Roedel <>
To:	Shuah Khan <>
CC:	Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <>,
	Greg KH <>, <>,
	<>, <>, <>,
	<>, <>,
	<>, LKML <>,
	<>, <>,
	<>, <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] dma-debug: New interfaces to debug dma mapping errors

On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 01:42:49PM -0600, Shuah Khan wrote:
> Are you ok with the system wide and per device error counts I added? Any
> comments on the overall approach?

The general approach of having error counters is fine. But the addresses
allocated/addresses checked thing should be done per allocation and not
with counter comparison for several reasons:

	1. When doing it per-allocation we know exactly which allocation
	   was not checked and can tell the driver developer. The code
	   saves stack-traces for that. This is much more useful than
	   telling the developer 'somewhere you do not check your

	2. Checking this per-allocation gives you the per-device and
	   also the per-driver checking you want.

	3. You don't need to change 'struct device' for that.

There are more reasons, like that this approach fits a lot better to the
general idea of the DMA-API debugging code.

> The approach you suggested will cover the cases where drivers fail to
> check good map cases. We won't able to catch failed maps that get used
> without checks. Are you not concerned about these cases? These could
> cause a silent error with wild writes or could bring the system down. Or
> are you recommending changing the infrastructure to track failed maps as
> well?

It is fine to only check the good-map cases. Think about what
DMA-debugging is good for: It is a tool for driver developers to find
bugs in their code they wouldn't notice otherwise. An unchecked bad-map
case is a bug they would notice otherwise. So if we check only the
good-map cases and warn the driver developers about non-checked
addresses they fix it and make the drivers more robust against failed
allocations, fixing also the bad-map cases.

> I am still pursuing a way to track failed map cases. I combined the flag
> idea with one of the ideas I am looking into. Details below: (if this
> sounds like a reasonable approach, I can do v2 patch and we can discuss
> the code)

Why do you want to track the bad-map cases?


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