Re: KERNEL: Swapping Kernel Pages

Randal Koene (
Sat, 21 Jun 1997 21:06:15 -0400 (EDT)

On Sat, 21 Jun 1997, Mike Slemmer wrote:

> Randal -
> I suspect it's done for safety from deadlock, etc. It's _very_ easy to
> generate a deadlock in paging even if the code you're paging doesn't seem to
> be something that would create a deadlock (ie. even if you scrupulously avoid
> paging the v-m code).
> - Mike

I can see how that would be a problem for a 'stable' operating system.
But since paging of portions of the Kernel would be mainly a last-resort
measure to fish for extra memory, how about making it "optional" for
those daring individuals tweaking around under the Linux hood?

PhD2, Neural Modeling Lab, Department of Psychology - McGill University