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SubjectRe: Possible Idea with filesystem buffering.
On Mon, 21 Jan 2002, Hans Reiser wrote:
> Rik van Riel wrote:
> >On Sun, 20 Jan 2002, Hans Reiser wrote:

> >Agreed on these points, but you really HAVE TO work towards
> >flushing the page ->writepage() gets called for.
> >
> >Think about your typical PC, with memory in ZONE_DMA,
> >ZONE_NORMAL and ZONE_HIGHMEM. If we are short on DMA pages
> >we will end up calling ->writepage() on a DMA page.
> >
> >If the filesystem ends up writing completely unrelated pages
> >and marking the DMA page in question referenced the VM will
> >go in a loop until the filesystem finally gets around to
> >making a page in the (small) DMA zone freeable ...
>
> This is a bug in VM design, yes? It should signal that it needs the
> particular page written, which probnably means that it should use
> writepage only when it needs that particular page written,

That is exactly what the VM does.

> and should otherwise check to see if the filesystem supports something
> like pressure_fs_cache(), yes?

That's incompatible with the concept of memory zones.

regards,

Rik
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