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SubjectRe: invalidate_inode_pages in 2.5.32/3
Daniel Phillips wrote:
>
> On Friday 06 September 2002 00:19, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > I'm not sure what semantics we really want for this. If we were to
> > "invalidate" a mapped page then it would become anonymous, which
> > makes some sense.
>
> There's no need to leave the page mapped, you can easily walk the rmap list
> and remove the references.

Yes, unmapping and forcing a subsequent major fault would make
sense. It would require additional locking in the nopage pth
to make this 100% accurate. I doubt if it's worth doing that,
so the unmap-and-refault-for-invalidate feature would probably
be best-effort. But more accurate than what we have now.


> > If the VM wants to reclaim a page, and it has PG_private set then
> > the vm will run mapping->releasepage() against the page. The mapping's
> > releasepage must try to clear away whatever is held at ->private. If
> > that was successful then releasepage() must clear PG_private, decrement
> > page->count and return non-zero. If the info at ->private is not
> > freeable, releasepage returns zero. ->releasepage() may not sleep in
> > 2.5.
> >
> > So. NFS can put anything it likes at page->private. If you're not
> > doing that then you don't need a releasepage. If you are doing that
> > then you must have a releasepage().
>
> Right now, there are no filesystems actually doing anything filesystem
> specific here, are there? I really wonder if making this field, formerly
> known as buffers, opaque to the vfs is the right idea.

That's right - it is only used for buffers at present. I was using
page->private in the delayed-allocate code for directly holding the
disk mapping information. There was some talk of using it for <mumble>
in XFS. Also it may be used in the NFS server for storing credential
information. Also it could be used for MAP_SHARED pages for credential
information - to fix the problem wherein kswapd (ie: root) is the
one who instantiates the page's blocks, thus allowing non-root programs
to consume the root-only reserved ext2/ext3 blocks.
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