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SubjectRe: Page aging broken in 2.6
Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@kernel.crashing.org> wrote:
>
> HI !
>
> I don't know if x86 is affected (I suspect not) but ppc and ppc64
> definitely are.
>
> in mm/rmap.c, in page_referenced(), we do that twice:
>
> if (ptep_test_and_clear_young(pte))
> referenced++;
>
> And we never flush the TLB entry.
>
> I don't know if x86 (or other archs really using page tables) will
> actually set the referenced bit again in the PTE if it's already set
> in the TLB, if not, then x86 needs a flush too.

x86 needs a flush_tlb_page(), yes.

> ppc and ppc64 need a flush to evict the entry from the hash table or
> we'll never set the _PAGE_ACCESSED bit anymore.
>
> On the other hand, I'd like to propose a semantic change here, by
> changing ptep_test_and_clear_dirty() as well so that the flush is done
> by the arch function and not explicitely by the generic code in both
> cases. (I'm not sure if it's worth adding an mm parameter to the call
> or if the arch will figure it out, we don't have it at hand in
> page_referenced()).
>
> That way, arch that don't need the flush (if any) can avoid it, and
> in the case of ptep_test_and_clear_dirty, I may have a better way of
> implementing it without a flush in mind.

I don't feel particularly strongly either way, but the core mm code is
sprinkled with flushes anyway; it would probably be more consistent to
open-code it in rmap.c now.

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