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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01 of 12] Core of mmu notifiers
Hi Hugh!!

On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 11:49:11AM +0100, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> [I'm scarcely following the mmu notifiers to-and-fro, which seems
> to be in good hands, amongst faster thinkers than me: who actually
> need and can test this stuff. Don't let me slow you down; but I
> can quickly clarify on this history.]

Still I think it'd be great if you could review mmu-notifier-core v14.
You and Nick are the core VM maintainers so it'd be great to hear any
feedback about it. I think it's fairly easy to classify the patch as
obviously safe as long as mmu notifiers are disarmed. Here a link for
your convenience.

> No, the locking was different as you had it, Andrea: there was an extra
> bitspin lock, carried over from the pte_chains days (maybe we changed
> the name, maybe we disagreed over the name, I forget), which mainly
> guarded the page->mapcount. I thought that was one lock more than we
> needed, and eliminated it in favour of atomic page->mapcount in 2.6.9.

Thanks a lot for the explanation!

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