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SubjectRe: [patch 1/3] uml: share page bits handling between 2 and 3 level pagetables
On Saturday 30 July 2005 18:02, Jeff Dike wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2005 at 08:56:53PM +0200, wrote:
> > As obvious, a "core code nice cleanup" is not a "stability-friendly
> > patch" so usual care applies.
> These look reasonable, as they are what we discussed in Ottawa.
> I'll put them in my tree and see if I see any problems. I would
> suggest sending these in early after 2.6.13 if they seem OK.
Just noticed: you can drop them (except the first, which is a nice cleanup).

set_pte handles that, and include/asm-generic/pgtable.h uses coherently
set_pte_at. I've checked UML by examining "grep pte", and either mk_pte or
set_pte are used.

Exceptions: fixaddr_user_init (but that should be ok as we shouldn't map it
actually), pte_modify() (which handles that only for present pages).

But pte_modify is used with set_pte, so probably we could as well drop that

Also look, on the "set_pte" theme, at the attached patch. I realized this when
I needed those lines to work - I was getting a segfault loop.

After using set_pte(), things worked. I have now an almost perfectly working
implementation of remap_file_pages with protection support.
There will probably be some other things to update, like swapping locations,
but I can't get this kernel to fail (it's easier to find bugs in the
test-program, it grew quite complex).

And, I'd like to note, original Ingo's version *DID NOT* work properly (it was
not safe against swapout, it didn't allow write-protecting a page

I'm going to clean up the code and write changelogs, to send then the patches
for -mm (hoping the page fault scalability patches don't get in the way).
Inform me of my mistakes, so I can keep imitating Homer Simpson's "Doh!".
Paolo Giarrusso, aka Blaisorblade (Skype ID "PaoloGiarrusso", ICQ 215621894)

From: Paolo 'Blaisorblade' Giarrusso <>

The PTE returned from handle_mm_fault is already marked as dirty and accessed
if needed.
Also, since this is not set with set_pte() (which sets NEWPAGE and NEWPROT as
needed), this wouldn't work anyway.

Signed-off-by: Paolo 'Blaisorblade' Giarrusso <>

linux-2.6.git-paolo/arch/um/kernel/trap_kern.c | 3 +--
1 files changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff -puN arch/um/kernel/trap_kern.c~uml-avoid-already-done-dirtying arch/um/kernel/trap_kern.c
--- linux-2.6.git/arch/um/kernel/trap_kern.c~uml-avoid-already-done-dirtying 2005-08-10 19:21:13.000000000 +0200
+++ linux-2.6.git-paolo/arch/um/kernel/trap_kern.c 2005-08-10 19:21:13.000000000 +0200
@@ -83,8 +83,7 @@ survive:
pte = pte_offset_kernel(pmd, address);
} while(!pte_present(*pte));
err = 0;
- *pte = pte_mkyoung(*pte);
- if(pte_write(*pte)) *pte = pte_mkdirty(*pte);
+ WARN_ON(!pte_young(*pte) || pte_write(*pte) && !pte_dirty(*pte));
flush_tlb_page(vma, address);
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