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SubjectRe: page_launder() on 2.4.9/10 issue


On Tue, 4 Sep 2001, Jan Harkes wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 04, 2001 at 12:56:32PM -0300, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> > On Tue, 4 Sep 2001, Jan Harkes wrote:
> > > One other observation, we should add anonymously allocated memory to the
> > > active-list as soon as they are allocated in do_nopage. At the moment a
> > > large part of memory is not aged at all until we start swapping things
> > > out.
> >
> > With reverse mappings we can completly remove the "swap_out()" loop logic
> > and age pte's at refill_inactive_scan().
> >
> > All that with anon memory added to the active-list as soon as allocated,
> > of course.
> >
> > Jan, I suggest you to take a look at the reverse mapping code.
>
> I'm getting pretty sick and tired of these endless discussion. People
> have been reporting problems and they are pretty much alway met with the
> answer, "it works here, if you can do better send a patch".
>
> Now for the past _9_ stable kernel releases, page aging hasn't worked
> at all!! Nobody seems to even have bothered to check. I send in a patch
> and you basically answer with "Ohh, but we know about that one. Just
> apply patch wizzbangfoo#105 which basically does everything differently".

Jan,

Calm down. I haven't told you that the reverse mapping code is the fix to
all aging problems, did I?

I will take a careful look at your code later. However, I (and everybody
else) has not enough time to fix the whole VM in one day.

> Yeah I'll have a look at that code, and I'll check what the page ages
> look like when I actually run it (if it doesn't crash the system first).

I haven't said reverse mapping will fix the aging problem. I just did a
comment on top of your comment.

Please read my mails more carefully and slowly before sending me to
hell. :)

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