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On Sun, 3 Sep 2000, Alan Cox wrote:

> > Yes, it kicks butt and it finally (just about) removes the final
> > Linux kernel showstopper for recent kernels. ;-)
>
> Things like random memory corruption from dropping dirty bits,
> and some of the others are far more serious showstoppers alas

Indeed, there are 4 major issues left in the VM area:

1) system hangs under load with 0 lowmem free (but still
some high memory free)

[not much details on this one yet]

2) dirty bits can get lost, try_to_swap_out() and other
places have a race with the hardware

[from mm/vmscan.c, line 60 has a race with the /hardware/]
55 if (pte_young(pte)) {
56 /*
57 * Transfer the "accessed" bit from the page
58 * tables to the global page map.
59 */
60 set_pte(page_table, pte_mkold(pte));
61 SetPageReferenced(page);
62 goto out_failed;
63 }

3) it appears something can corrupt page->count or delete a
page from the cache while the page is locked

[tripped up by my VM patch?]

4) the innd data corruption bug

[anybody?]

regards,

Rik
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