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SubjectRe: QUEUE_FLAG_CLUSTER: not working in 2.6.24 ?
Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Dec 2007 17:15:06 -0500
> James Bottomley <> wrote:
>> On Thu, 2007-12-13 at 14:02 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
>>> On Thu, 13 Dec 2007 21:09:59 +0100
>>> Jens Axboe <> wrote:
>>>> OK, it's a vm issue,
>>> cc linux-mm and probable culprit.
>>>> I have tens of thousand "backward" pages after a
>>>> boot - IOW, bvec->bv_page is the page before bvprv->bv_page, not
>>>> reverse. So it looks like that bug got reintroduced.
>>> Bill Irwin fixed this a couple of years back: changed the page allocator so
>>> that it mostly hands out pages in ascending physical-address order.
>>> I guess we broke that, quite possibly in Mel's page allocator rework.
>>> It would help if you could provide us with a simple recipe for
>>> demonstrating this problem, please.
>> The simple way seems to be to malloc a large area, touch every page and
>> then look at the physical pages assigned ... they now mostly seem to be
>> descending in physical address.
> OIC. -mm's /proc/pid/pagemap can be used to get the pfn's...

I'm actually running the treadmill right now (have been for many hours, actually,
to bisect it to a specific commit.

Thought I was almost done, and then noticed that git-bisect doesn't keep
the Makefile VERSION lines the same, so I was actually running the wrong
kernel after the first few times.. duh.

Wrote a script to fix it now.


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