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SubjectRe: broken VM in 2.4.10-pre9
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Pavel Machek <pavel@suse.cz> writes:

> Hi!
>
> > > > > So my suggestion was to look at getting anonymous pages backed by what
> > > > > amounts to a shared memory segment. In that vein. By using an extent
> > > > > based data structure we can get the cost down under the current 8 bits
> > > > > per page that we have for the swap counts, and make allocating swap
> > > > > pages faster. And we want to cluster related swap pages anyway so
> > > > > an extent based system is a natural fit.
> > > >
> > > > Much of this goes away if you get rid of both the swap and anonymous page
> > > > special cases. Back anonymous pages with the "whoops everything I write
> here
>
> > > > vanishes mysteriously" file system and swap with a swapfs
> > >
> > > What exactly is anonymous memory? I thought it is what you do when you
> > > want to malloc(), but you want to back that up by swap, not /dev/null.
> >
> > Anonymous memory is memory which is not backed by a filesystem or a
> > device. eg: malloc()ed memory, shmem, mmap(MAP_PRIVATE) on a file (which
> > will create anonymous memory as soon as the program which did the mmap
> > writes to the mapped memory (COW)), etc.
>
> So... how can alan propose to back anonymous memory with /dev/null?
> [see above] It should be backed by swap, no?

He's not. Alan if I understand him correctly is advocating remove special
cases. And making it look like all pages are backed by something.
The /dev/nullfs is just until swap is allocated for that page.

I don't agree with the exact details of what Alan is envsions but I do
argree with the basic idea...

Eric
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