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SubjectRe: [rfc] no ZERO_PAGE?


On Wed, 4 Apr 2007, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
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> Ok, those cases wanting the same zero page, could be fairly easily
> converted to an mmap over /dev/zero (without having to run 4k large
> mmap syscalls or nonlinear).

You're missing the point. What if it's something like oracle that has been
tuned for Linux using this? Or even an open-source app that is just used
by big places and they see performace problems but it's not obvious *why*.

We "know" why, because we're discussing this point. But two months from
now, when some random company complains to SuSE/RH/whatever that their app
runs 5% slower or uses 200% more swap, who is going to realize what caused
it?

THAT is the problem with patches like this. I'm not against it, but you
can't just dismiss it with "we can fix the app". We *cannot* fix the app
if we don't even realize what caused the problem..

Linus
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