Re: RFC: Changes for PCI

From: Tom Gall (
Date: Wed Jun 27 2001 - 13:24:25 EST

Jeff Garzik wrote:

> Tom Gall wrote:
> > Well you have device drivers like the symbios scsi driver for instance that
> > tries to determine if it's seen a card before. It does this by looking at the
> > bus,dev etc numbers... It's quite reasonable for two different scsi cards to be
> > on the same bus number, same dev number etc yet they are in different PCI
> > domains.
> >
> > Is this a device driver bug or feature?
> I hesitate to call it a device driver bug, because that was likely the
> best decision Gerard could make at the time.

I don't doubt it. I wouldn't doubt I've been guilty of simliar things in my past...

> However, I think the driver (only going by your description) would be
> more correct to use a pointer to struct pci_dev. We have a token in the
> kernel that is guaranteed 100% unique to any given PCI device: the
> pointer to its struct pci_dev.

Sound good.

> > > Changing the meaning of dev->bus->number globally seems pointless. If
> > > you are going to do that, just do it the right way and introduce another
> > > struct member, pci_domain or somesuch.
> Sorry, not pci_domain, just system bus number, for any bus, like we
> talked about in the previous discussion.

Yes agreed. However do you think it's possible for the additional of such a value now
in 2.4.x series? Alan? Linus?



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