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SubjectRe: pte-highmem-5
On Wed, 16 Jan 2002, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> This patch in short will move pagetables into highmem, obviously it
> breaks all the archs out there. This should fix the problem completly
> allowing linux to effectively support all the 64G possibly available in
> the ia32 boxes (currently, without this patch, you risk to be able to
> use only a few gigabytes).

Several random points on the patch, I've not studied it as long as
I'd like: so may well be making a fool of myself on some of these,
and you may quickly say so!

1. Yes, this has to come sooner or later, but it is a significant step,
as I've said in other mail - may unmap some useful debugging info.

2. More complicated than I'd like: too many pte_offset variants!
I'd prefer it without the different SERIEs, I don't understand why
those. I assume it's to prevent kmaps of data flushing away "more
valuable" kmaps of page tables, but wouldn't it be better to keep
just one "serie" of kmap for now, add cleverer decision on what
and when to throw away later on, localized within mm/highmem.c?

3. KM_SERIE_PAGETABLE2 kmap_pagetable2 pmd_page2 pte_offset2 all just
for copy_page_range src? Why distinguished from KM_SERIE_PAGETABLE?
Often it will already be KM_SERIE_PAGETABLE. I can imagine you might
want an atomic at that point (holding spinlock), but I don't see what
the PAGETABLE2 distinction gives you.

4. You've lifted the PAE restriction to LAST_PKMAP 512 in i386/highmem.h,
and use pkmap_page_table as one long array in mm/highmem.c, but I
don't see where you enforce the contiguity of page table pages in
i386/mm/init.c. (I do already have a patch for lifting the 1024,512
kmaps limit, simplifying i386/mm/init.c, we've been using for months:
I can update that from 2.4.9 if you'd like it.)

5. Shouldn't mm/vmscan.c be in the patch?


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