Re: [PATCH] Remove needless flush_dcache_page call

From: Nick Piggin
Date: Fri Jan 16 2009 - 01:13:57 EST

On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 03:08:30PM +0900, MinChan Kim wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 10:57:30PM -0700, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > Most I/O devices will do DMA to the page in question and thus the kernel
> > hasn't written to it and the CPU won't have the data in cache. For the
> > few devices which can't do DMA, it's the responsibility of the device
> > driver to call flush_dcache_page() (or some other flushing primitive).
> Hmm.. Now I am confusing.
> If devicer driver or with DMA makes sure cache consistency,
> Why filesystem code have to handle it ?

Because the filesystem is accessing the page directly rathe rthan going to

Basically, whoever reads or writes the page is responsible to avoid user
aliases. You see these calls in the VM for anonymous pages, in bounce
buffer layers, in filesystems that read or write from pages that are
exposed to userspace (ie. metadata generally need not be flushed because
it will not be mmapped by userspace).

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