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    SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 30/35] Add generic_page_range() function
    Chris Wright wrote:
    > Add a new mm function generic_page_range() which applies a given
    > function to every pte in a given virtual address range in a given mm
    > structure. This is a generic alternative to cut-and-pasting the Linux
    > idiomatic pagetable walking code in every place that a sequence of
    > PTEs must be accessed.
    > Although this interface is intended to be useful in a wide range of
    > situations, it is currently used specifically by several Xen
    > subsystems, for example: to ensure that pagetables have been allocated
    > for a virtual address range, and to construct batched special
    > pagetable update requests to map I/O memory (in ioremap()).

    I raised the idea when we were tossing around ideas for the page
    table walking crapectomy. Of course it was rejected due to use of
    the indirect function, however I gues it makes sense for code
    outside mm/

    Couple of issues with the current code though:

    firstly, the name.

    secondly, I think you confuse our (confusing) terminology: the page
    that holds pte_ts is not the pte_page, the pte_page is the page that
    a pte points to

    lastly, you don't allow any control over the type of pages that are
    walked: this could well be unusably slow for some cases. At least
    you should proably design the interface so we can iterate over
    present, not present, all, etc so it becomes widely usable. Normally
    I'd say to wait until users come up but in this case the function
    isn't a speed demon anyway, and you also don't want to give people
    any excuses not to use it.

    SUSE Labs, Novell Inc.
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