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    SubjectRe: Linux 2.4.1-ac15


    On Fri, 23 Feb 2001, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
    >
    > I think that can't happen. Infact I think the whole section:
    >
    > pmd = pmd_offset(pgd, address);
    > pmd_k = pmd_offset(pgd_k, address);
    >
    > if (pmd_present(*pmd) || !pmd_present(*pmd_k))
    > goto bad_area_nosemaphore;
    > set_pmd(pmd, *pmd_k);
    > return;
    >
    > is superflows.

    No. Think about the differences in PAE and non-PAE mode.

    > The middle pagetable is shared and the pmd_t entry is set by vmalloc itself (it
    > just points to the as well shared pte), it's only the pgd that is setup lazily

    In non-PAE mode, the pgd entry doesn't exist. pgd_present() returns a
    unconditional 1. Its' the pmd functions that kick in then.

    Linus

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