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Old 09-20-2011, 06:40 AM   #1
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usb_control_msg data inside module

If I have a code with a USB ctrl message data inside a module
defined as:
static unsigned char* reset = "\xFF\x00\xEE";
and use that directly in usb_control_msg()
I can't get any results (if I read usbmon correctly it never gets sent).

But if I change the code to allocate the same data
at runtime using kmemdup() and pass that buffer to usb_control_msg()
everything seems to be working.

Why the static data inside the kernel module can't be used directly?
There is no mention about this in any usb_contorl_msg()
documentation I can find.

kernel version 2.6.38 (ubuntu 10.4)
Old 09-20-2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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On your architecture, static data in modules cannot be used for DMA.

In general, you must use kmalloc or the DMA API for allocating DMA-able buffers.
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