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SubjectRe: 2.4.19pre8aa3
On Thu, May 16, 2002 at 08:26:26PM +0100, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Wed, May 15, 2002 at 11:27:33PM +0200, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> > o minor bdflush tuning difference to avoid char-writer in bonnie
> > to stall and to slowdown too much (can make a difference in real
> > life)
> ...
> > Only in 2.4.19pre8aa3: 00_bdflush-tuning-1
> >
> > Put the mid watermark at 50% (near the high watermark so we don't stall
> > too much).
> As the 2.4.19-pre mainline got your buffer throtteling changes I guess it
> has the same issues? Do you think it's worth to submit that patch to Marcelo
> even that late in the release cycle?

it is not very important, but of course it could go in too.

> > Only in 2.4.19pre8aa2: 05_vm_10_read_write_tweaks-1
> > Only in 2.4.19pre8aa3: 05_vm_10_read_write_tweaks-2
> >
> > Avoid backing out the flush_page_to_ram in this vm patch,
> > the one on the pagecache is still needed before the memcpy
> > on the pagecache during the early cow (would be cleaner
> > to move it up, if Hugh wants to clean it up that's welcome,
> > it will be an orthogonal patch, so far I just avoid to
> > change that area in my changes, not high prio to clean it up
> > as DaveM side it's more high prio to conver the users of
> > flush_page_to_ram API to flush_dcache_page/icache new API during 2.5).
> It seems to me you ignore the comments akpm put in the split patches you
> merged :) Not only the comment to this change is superflous now, but also

updated :)

> I'd really like to get an answer to the remaining part of it as Andrew's
> comment about that part beeing buggy makes a lot of sense to me..

well, as Andrew said it's a microoptimization, but it's not buggy. It is
used to avoid marking a page referenced twice if somebody reads with an
userspace buffer granularity smaller than PAGE_SIZE, the same
optimization exists in the read side (there it is a bit more of a
microoptimization because the writer never activates pages but the
readers activates pages without such check).

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