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SubjectRe: [patch] sg: simplify page_count manipulations
On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 02:05:25PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de> wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 07:59:37PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de> wrote:
> > > > - /* N.B. correction _not_ applied to base page of each allocation */
> > > > - for (k = 0; k < rsv_schp->k_use_sg; ++k, ++sg) {
> > > > - for (m = PAGE_SIZE; m < sg->length; m += PAGE_SIZE) {
> > > > - page = sg->page;
> > > > - if (startFinish)
> > > > - get_page(page);
> > > > - else {
> > > > - if (page_count(page) > 0)
> > > > - __put_page(page);
> > > > - }
> > > > - }
> > > > - }
> > > > -}
> > >
> > > What on earth is the above trying to do? The inner loop is a rather
> > > complex way of doing atomic_add(&page->count, sg->length/PAGE_SIZE). One
> > > suspects there's a missing "[m]" in there.
> > >
> >
> > It does this on the first mmap of the device, in the hope that subsequent
> > nopage, unmaps would not free the constituent pages in the scatterlist.
> >
>
> But it's doing it wrongly, isn't it? Or am I completely nuts?

No I think you're right. I'm not sure why this doesn't oops but I
thought it was the (main) reason others wanted to get rid of this
convoluted code earlier on. I see nobody else is planning to do anything
about it though, so I figure I must have missed the reason why it isn't
a problem.

But either way I don't think the code actually _does_ anything, even if
its bugginess doesn't actually lead to a bug.

Nick
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