Re: [patch -mm series] ia64 specific /dev/mem handlers

From: Arjan van de Ven <>
Date: 2005-02-23 09:03:53
On Tue, 2005-02-22 at 04:52 -0500, Jes Sorensen wrote:
> Hi,
> This patch introduces ia64 specific read/write handlers for /dev/mem
> access which is needed to avoid uncached pages to be accessed through
> the cached kernel window which can lead to random corruption. It also
> introduces a new page-flag PG_uncached which will be used to mark the
> uncached pages. I assume this may be useful to other architectures as
> well where the CPU may use speculative reads which conflict with
> uncached access. In addition I moved do_write_mem to be under
> ARCH_HAS_DEV_MEM as it's only ever used if that is defined.
> The patch is needed for the new ia64 special memory driver (mspec -
> former fetchop).

is there ANY valid reason to allow access to cached uses at all?
(eg kernel ram)

why not just disable any such ram access entirely...

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