explanation of __va() and __pa() macros.

Vlad Dogaru ddvlad at rosedu.org
Fri Jun 22 08:06:26 EDT 2012

On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM, AFT <aftnix at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> My source is from 2.6 git tree. In LDD3 its said that a logical address
> is mapped to physical address and vice versa by the macros __va() and
> __pa().
> In my source tree they are defined as follows:
> <include/asm-generic/page.h>
> #define __va(x) ((void *)((unsigned long) (x)))
> #define __pa(x) ((unsigned long) (x))
> I'm not actually understanding how these "cute" looking casting is
> performing "address mapping". I thought address mapping involves more
> complex operations.

See the comments at the beginning of the file you quoted:

 * Generic page.h implementation, for NOMMU architectures.
 * This provides the dummy definitions for the memory management.

For arch-specific code try looking, for instance, at
arch/x86/include/asm/page.h .

Hope this helps,

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