Re: [PATCH 1/2] asm-generic: io: remove {read,write} string functions

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On 04/27/2012 09:17 AM, Mike Frysinger wrote:
> On Friday 27 April 2012 06:42:55 Will Deacon wrote:
>> The {read,write}s{b,w,l} functions are not defined across all 
>> architectures and therefore shouldn't be used by portable
>> drivers. We should encourage driver writers to use the
>> io{read,write}{8,16,32}_rep functions instead.
> 
> well, that isn't true today as a grep of the drivers/ tree shows.
> perhaps we should fix that first ?  quite a number of architectures
> do implement these.
> 
>> This patch removes the {read,write} string functions for the
>> generic IO header as they have no place in a new architecture
>> port.
> 
> i don't see any file anywhere that describes what the baseline API
> is supposed to be, and what each set of funcs are for.  there is
> just the random ugliness in each arch's asm/io.h cobbled together
> until things work.  i think that also needs to be addressed before
> we go extending/contracting the API provides by asm-generic/io.h.

And it's is much bigger than asm-generic/io.h, as evidenced by some
other recent events.

For example, we need streaming I/O (memory and I/O) with specific
access sizes, for example.

	-hpa


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