Re: paging question

From: Jeff Hartmann (
Date: Fri Feb 09 2001 - 10:32:18 EST

Daniel Stodden wrote:

> hi.
> i desperately hope this is not too stupid.
> i'm trying to write a driver which depends on giving pci devices
> access to somewhat larger amounts of pysical memory. let's say, a
> megabyte of contiguous ram.

Your unlikely to get 1 MB of contigous ram unless you grab it very early
in the boot process. This means your driver needs to be built into the
kernel, it can't be a module.

> is it possible to resize such an area later on? i mean: is there some
> mechanism available in the kernel to enlarge such a region even if the
> area beyond it is already in use?


> i understand that this is pretty impossible if some entity depends on
> correct physical locations of the pages in question. but couldn't for
> example userland memory be copied elsewhere and its new location
> simply remapped?

If we had reverse page tables we could perhaps do this sort of
remapping. Currently there is no way to detrimine which physical page
maps to which userland page without scanning every processes page
tables. There is also the possibility that the memory is used by the
kernel, in which case your basically out of luck.


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