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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] ramzswap: Eliminate stale data in compressed memory
On 05/05/2010 08:44 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>
>
> On Wed, 5 May 2010, Nitin Gupta wrote:
>>
>> ramzswap driver creates RAM based block devices which can be
>> used (only) as swap disks. Pages swapped to these disks are
>> compressed and stored in memory itself.
>
> Ok, this patch series looks way better, if only because it looks less
> hacky.
>
> That said, I absolutely _hate_ the f*cking notifier model that takes
> "type" flags. It's a disgrace. It's a horrible horrible model.
>

You mean you didn't like the 'swap type' value passed around by notifier
calls, as here:
"blocking_notifier_call_chain(&swapon_notify_list, type, swap_file);" ?

> I'd much rather bind a nice "swap_operations" structure to the device, and
> have that structure have function pointers for the different operations.
> No stupid "operation type codes". Real, honest-to-goodness function
> pointers.
>

I think such 'swap_operations' structure will be have to be part of
block_device_operations, so we may access it from swap_entry_free()
where a swap slot is freed. This will also get rid of all this notifier
stuff.

The patch you nacked did something similar: it add 'swap_slot_free_callback'
directly to block_device_operations. Without such change, I could not think
of any way to do away with notifiers.


> The notifier layer is a total piece of sh*t. I'm sorry I ever merged it,
> and I'm _doubly_ sorry that it's use is so horribly widespread. It's a
> mistake.

Thanks,
Nitin


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