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SubjectRe: Oops with 4GB memory setting in 2.4.0 stable
On Tue, 16 Jan 2001, Petr Vandrovec wrote:

> smb_get_dircache looks suspicious to me, as it can try to map unlimited
> number of pages with kmap. And kmaps are not unlimited resource...
> You have 512 kmaps, but one SMBFS cache page can contain about 504
> pages... So two smbfs cached directories can consume all your kmaps,
> dying then in endless loop in mm/highmem.c:map_new_virtual().

The smbfs dircache needs to find/kmap all of its cache pages since the
entries in it are variable length and the way it is called. It would be
nice to change that.

I haven't looked at all your detailed comments yet. They may not matter if
the many kmaps are a problem.

The ncpfs code puts 'struct dentry *' in it's cache pages. Fixed size
entries makes it easy to know which page you need to start reading from,
so only one kmap is needed. That looks simpler so I want to steal it,
except ...

ncpfs ends up calling d_validate to verify that the dentry is sane. But
how can it know that the dentry is the right one? I thought that dentries
could be removed/reused by someone at will (d_count will be 0 because of
the dput in ncp_fill_cache, no?). Why isn't it possible for someone to
write a new dentry where the old one was.

fs/ncpfs/dir.c:ncp_d_validate() calls
valid = d_validate(dentry, dentry->d_parent, dentry->d_name.hash, len);

all values are taken from the dentry pointer on the cache page (including
len). d_validate verifies that d_hash() points to a list and it searches
the list for dentry. How do you know that it is the same dentry that was
put in the cache and not someone elses dentry?

> But I personally do not use neither smbfs nor PAE, so what I can say...

A whole lot, thanks. Especially for the kmap info.

Now if someone could explain the dentry pointers ... what am I missing?


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