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    Subject[patch, 2.5] __vmalloc allocates spurious page?

    I think __vmalloc allocates an unnecessary page. While the virtual
    address space should have a one-page hole in it, that is taken care of
    by get_vm_area. All other routines (particularly map_vm_area)
    subtract PAGE_SIZE from area->size before usage, so the last page
    table entry isn't even set up.

    The unnecessary page is allocated only if size is initially a multiple
    of PAGE_SIZE, which sounds like a common case.


    diff -Naurd --exclude-from=/home/maalanen/linux/base/diff_exclude linus-2.5.42/mm/vmalloc.c msa-2.5.42/mm/vmalloc.c
    --- linus-2.5.42/mm/vmalloc.c Sat Oct 12 16:42:57 2002
    +++ msa-2.5.42/mm/vmalloc.c Tue Oct 15 21:53:10 2002
    @@ -387,7 +387,7 @@
    if (!area)
    return NULL;

    - nr_pages = (size+PAGE_SIZE) >> PAGE_SHIFT;
    + nr_pages = (size+PAGE_SIZE-1) >> PAGE_SHIFT;
    array_size = (nr_pages * sizeof(struct page *));

    area->nr_pages = nr_pages;
    Marcus Alanen * Software Construction Laboratory * * *

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