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SubjectRe: Nick's core remove PageReserved broke vmware...
On Wed, 2005-11-02 at 12:26 +0000, Hugh Dickins wrote:

> Well, beware. That "page_count() != page_mapcount() + 2" check in rmap.c
> went away in 2.6.13: the problem it was there to solve being solved
> instead by a can_share_swap_page based on page_mapcount instead of
> page_count (partly to fix a page migration progress problem).

Not completely related to this thread, but ... I have been working on
the radeon DRI driver to add some non-AGP DMA functionality. That needs
to pin some userpages for DMA. It's currently doing get_user_pages(),
and later on, page_cache_release() when the DMA is done. In between
however, it returns to userland.

I haven't been able to find a firm grasp on what is needed to make sure
those pages won't be mucked with by rmap or others during that proc ess.
Should I set PG_locked ? if yes why and if not why not ? (you may figure
out at this point that I have a poor understanding of this part of the
VM subsystem). Will get_user_pages() increase page_mapcount or only
page_count (relative to your quote above) ?

Also, I'm not too sure how to handle dirtyness. It _seems_ to be that
for a DMA transfer from device to memory, I will have to call
get_user_pages() for write, thus setting dirty at that moment. However,
this is not very optimal. I want X to be able to "prepare" pixmaps for
DMA (keeping the user pages locked and the DMA sglists ready) (up to a
given threshold of memory of course) and later on, kick DMA operations.
In that context, X doesn't know in advance what direction the DMA will
take. Pixmaps can be migrated to/from vram at any time depending on the
type of rendering operation.

But I'm not sure I have a proper way to set those pages dirty after the
call to get_user_pages(), do I have a guarantee that they haven't been
unmapped from the user process for example ?


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