[PATCH v3 02/25] drm: core: fix common struct sg_table related issues

Marek Szyprowski m.szyprowski at samsung.com
Fri May 8 07:12:13 UTC 2020

Hi Christoph,

On 05.05.2020 13:09, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Tue, May 05, 2020 at 12:51:58PM +0200, Marek Szyprowski wrote:
>> On 05.05.2020 12:15, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>>>> -		for_each_sg_page(st->sgl, &sg_iter, st->nents, 0)
>>>> +		for_each_sg_page(st->sgl, &sg_iter, st->orig_nents, 0)
>>> Would it make sense to also add a for_each_sgtable_page helper that
>>> hides the use of orig_nents?  To be used like:
>>> 		for_each_sgtable_page(st, &sg_iter, 0) {
>> We would need two helpers:
>> for_each_sgtable_cpu_page() and for_each_sgtable_dma_page().
>> I considered them, but then I found that there are already
>> for_each_sg_page(), for_each_sg_dma_page() and various special iterators
>> like sg_page_iter, sg_dma_page_iter and sg_mapping_iter. Too bad that
>> they are almost not used, at least in the DRM subsystem. I wonder if it
>> make sense to apply them or simply provide the two above mentioned
>> wrappers?
> None of the helpers helps with passing the right parameters from the
> sg_table.  So in doube we'd need wrappers for all of the above, or
> none..

I've played a bit with the code and the existing scatterlist iterators - 
for_each_sg_page() and for_each_sg_dma_page(). I've found them quite handy!

The biggest advantage of them is that they always iterate over 
scatterlist in PAGE_SIZE units, what should make the code much easier to 
understand. Here is example of their application to the function that 
started this thread:

int drm_prime_sg_to_page_addr_arrays(struct sg_table *sgt, struct page 
                                      dma_addr_t *addrs, int max_entries)
         struct sg_dma_page_iter dma_iter;
         struct sg_page_iter page_iter;

         if (addrs)
                 for_each_sgtable_dma_page(sgt, &dma_iter, 0)
                         *addrs++ = sg_page_iter_dma_address(&dma_iter);
         if (pages)
                 for_each_sgtable_page(sgt, &page_iter, 0)
                         *pages++ = sg_page_iter_page(&page_iter);
         return 0;

After applying those iterators where possible (they can be used only for 
reading the scatterlist), we would just need to add 2 trivial wrappers 
to use them with sg_table objects:

#define for_each_sgtable_page(sgt, piter, pgoffset)    \
        for_each_sg_page(sgt->sgl, piter, sgt->orig_nents, pgoffset)

#define for_each_sgtable_dma_page(sgt, dma_iter, pgoffset)     \
        for_each_sg_dma_page(sgt->sgl, dma_iter, sgt->nents, pgoffset)

Then we would just need one more helper to construct scatterlist, as the 
above two are read-only don't allow to modify scatterlist:

#define for_each_sgtable_sg(sgt, sg, i)                \
        for_each_sg(sgt->sgl, sg, sgt->orig_nents, i)

With the above 3 helpers we can probably get rid of all instances of 
sg_table->{nents,orig_nents} from the DRM code. I will prepare patches soon.

Best regards
Marek Szyprowski, PhD
Samsung R&D Institute Poland

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