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In article <Pine.A41.4.31.0105062307290.59664-100000@pandora.inf.elte.hu>,
BERECZ Szabolcs <szabi@inf.elte.hu> wrote:
>there is a bug in page_launder introduced with kernel 2.4.3-ac12.

Yes.

The whole "dead_swap_page" optimization in the -ac tree is apparentrly
completely bogus. It caches a value that is not valid: you cannot
reliably look at whether the page has buffers etc without holding the
page locked.

So calculating "dead_swap_page" without locking the page first is a sure
way to cause trouble.

I can see why the bug was introduced: standard kernels _optimistically_
test whether the condition might be true before they lock the page, and
decide to not even try to touch pages that look like they are probably
going to be considered active.

But it is important to re-calculate the deadness after getting the lock.
Before, it was just an informed guess. After the lock, it is knowledge.
And you can use informed guesses for heuristics, but you must _not_ use
them for any serious decisions.

Alan, please revert.

Linus
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