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SubjectRe: x86 ptep_get_and_clear question
Kanoj Sarcar wrote:
>
> Okay, I will quote from Intel Architecture Software Developer's Manual
> Volume 3: System Programming Guide (1997 print), section 3.7, page 3-27:
>
> "Bus cycles to the page directory and page tables in memory are performed
> only when the TLBs do not contain the translation information for a
> requested page."
>
> And on the same page:
>
> "Whenever a page directory or page table entry is changed (including when
> the present flag is set to zero), the operating system must immediately
> invalidate the corresponding entry in the TLB so that it can be updated
> the next time the entry is referenced."
>

But there is another paragraph that mentions that an OS may use lazy tlb
shootdowns.
[search for shootdown]

You check the far too obvious chapters, remember that Intel wrote the
documentation ;-)
I searched for 'dirty' though Vol 3 and found

Chapter 7.1.2.1 Automatic locking.

.. the processor uses locked cycles to set the accessed and dirty flag
in the page-directory and page-table entries.

But that obviously doesn't answer your question.

Is the sequence
<< lock;
read pte
pte |= dirty
write pte
>> end lock;
or
<< lock;
read pte
if (!present(pte))
do_page_fault();
pte |= dirty
write pte.
>> end lock;

--
Manfred
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