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Date:   Sun, 2 Aug 2020 22:18:06 +0200
From:   Borislav Petkov <bp@...en8.de>
To:     Bjorn Helgaas <helgaas@...nel.org>
Cc:     Saheed Bolarinwa <refactormyself@...il.com>, trix@...hat.com,
        Kalle Valo <kvalo@...eaurora.org>,
        "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>,
        Wolfgang Grandegger <wg@...ndegger.com>,
        Marc Kleine-Budde <mkl@...gutronix.de>,
        Miquel Raynal <miquel.raynal@...tlin.com>,
        Richard Weinberger <richard@....at>,
        Vignesh Raghavendra <vigneshr@...com>,
        Joerg Roedel <joro@...tes.org>, bjorn@...gaas.com,
        skhan@...uxfoundation.org,
        linux-kernel-mentees@...ts.linuxfoundation.org,
        linux-pci@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-wireless@...r.kernel.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
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Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 00/17] Drop uses of pci_read_config_*() return value

On Sun, Aug 02, 2020 at 02:14:06PM -0500, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:
> Wait, I'm not convinced yet.  I know that if a PCI read fails, you
> normally get ~0 data because the host bridge fabricates it to complete
> the CPU load.
> 
> But what guarantees that a PCI config register cannot contain ~0?

Well, I don't think you can differentiate that case, right?

I guess this is where the driver knowledge comes into play: if the read
returns ~0, the pci_read_config* should probably return in that case
something like:

	PCIBIOS_READ_MAYBE_FAILED

to denote it is all 1s and then the caller should be able to determine,
based on any of domain:bus:slot.func and whatever else the driver knows
about its hardware, whether the 1s are a valid value or an error.
Hopefully.

Or something better of which I cannot think of right now...

-- 
Regards/Gruss,
    Boris.

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