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SubjectRe: locking user memory and kiobuf
Alan Cox wrote:
>
> > kiobuf sounds perfect for a problem we have. Currently I use mmap() to map
> > pages from __get_free_pages() into user space for dma. This is not totally
> > satisfactory, tho, in part because the resulting group of pages is not mapped
> > contiguously into kernel.
>
> If you have a situation where that is hard to handle you can vmalloc a block
> of memory then map that into user space. drivers/char/bttv.c does it. Its
> ugly and bttv needs to switch to kiovecs in 2.3.x if I get time.

On a tangent issue, is there an example somewhere of driver code storing
and retrieving objects from VM? something along the lines of

swap_in_and_lock_page(page);
ptr = page_address(page);
/* access ptr */
unlock_pack(page); /* page can now be swapped out if necessary */
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