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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/13] maps: pagemap, kpagemap, and related cleanups
    Andrew Morton wrote:
    >> Do a full pagetable walk, with all the associated locking from within
    >> a systemtap script? I'd be surprised. Maybe if it's mostly hand-coded
    >> in C, perhaps. Then you just end up with the same thing, don't you?

    On Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 01:40:08PM +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
    > And my problem isn't with the hardcoded pagetable walker. Yeah, we'd
    > probably still keep the pagetable callback walker thingy with Matt's
    > associated cleanups (and my subsequent ones to clean it up more and
    > move it to mm/): there are other in-kernel users for that anyway.
    > The point is the proc API, and exposing random little parts of deep
    > kernel internals that some people happen to find useful at the time.
    > (which is why we have an incredible proliferation of these things).
    > With systemtap scripts, you could walk pagetables and print *the exact
    > page information you want*, or you could walk pfns, or LRU, or page_tree,
    > or walk the page tree then the rmap structures. And you can selectively
    > cull out items you don't care about if you only care about a subset of
    > items, based on arbitrary criteria. And you can most likely do all that
    > more efficiently than with a conglomeration of various /proc files
    > (assuming they even provide what you want in the first place).

    The EM guys are unwilling or unable for support-oriented reasons to
    deal with anything but unmodified kernels as shipped by distros.


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