Re: What to expect with the 2.6 VM

From: Martin J. Bligh (
Date: Wed Jul 02 2003 - 15:05:01 EST

>> So ether we declare 32bit archs obsolete in production with 2.6, or we
>> drop rmap behind remap_file_pages.
>> Something has to change since IMHO in the current 2.5.73 remap_file_pages
>> is nearly useless.
> Agreed. What we did for a certain unspecified kernel tree
> at Red Hat was the following:
> 1) limit sys_remap_file_pages functionality to shared memory
> segments on ramfs (unswappable) and tmpfs (mostly unswappable;))
> 2) have the VMAs with remapped pages in them marked VM_LOCKED
> 3) do not set up pte chains for the pages that get mapped with
> install_page
> 4) remove said pages from the LRU list, in the ramfs case, they're
> unswappable anyway so we shouldn't have the VM scan them
> The only known user of sys_remap_file_pages was more than happy
> to have the functionality limited to just what they actually need,
> in order to get simpler code with less overhead.
> Lets face it, nobody is going to use sys_remap_file_pages for
> anything but a database shared memory segment anyway. You don't
> need to care about truncate or the other corner cases.

Well if RH have done this internally, and they invented the thing,
then I see no reason not do that in 2.5 ...

>> Maybe I'm just taking this out of context, and it's twisting my brain,
>> but as far as I know, the nonlinear vma's *are* backed by pte_chains.
> Rik:
> They are, but IMHO they shouldn't be. The nonlinear vmas are used
> only for database shared memory segments and other "bypass the VM"
> applications, so I don't see any reason why we need to complicate
> things hopelessly in order to deal with corner cases like truncate.

Agreed. Oddly, most of us seem to agree on this ... ;-)


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