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SubjectRE: hugetlb page patch for 2.5.48-bug fixes
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> At some point in the past, I wrote:
> >> Okay, first off why are you using a list linked through
> >> page->private?
> >> page->list is fully available for such tasks.
>
> On Thu, Nov 21, 2002 at 05:54:22PM -0800, Seth, Rohit wrote:
> > Don't really need a list_head kind of thing for always inorder
> > complete traversal. list_head (slightly) adds fat in data
> structures
> > as well as insertaion/removal. Please le me know if anything that
> > prohibits the use of page_private field for internal use.
>
> page->private is also available for internal use. The objection here
> was about not using the standardized list macros. I'm not
> convinced about the fat since the keyspace is tightly bounded
> and the back pointers are in struct page regardless. (And we
> also just happen to know page->lru is also available though
> I'd not suggest using it.)
>

Either way. That is fine. I will make the change.

>
> At some point in the past, I wrote:
> >> Third, the hugetlb_release_key() in unmap_hugepage_range() is
> >> the one that should be removed [along with its corresponding
> >> mark_key_busy()], not the one in sys_free_hugepages().
> >> unmap_hugepage_range() is doing neither setup nor teardown of
> >> the key itself, only the pages and PTE's. I would say
> >> key-level refcounting belongs to sys_free_hugepages().
>
> On Thu, Nov 21, 2002 at 05:54:22PM -0800, Seth, Rohit wrote:
> > It is not mandatory that user app calls free_pages. Or
> even in case
> > of app aborts this call will not be made. The internal
> structures are
> > always released during the exit (with last ref count) along
> with free
> > of underlying physical pages.
>
> Hmm, I can understand caution wrt. touching core. I suspect
> vma->close() should do hugetlb_key_release() instead of
> sys_free_hugepages()?
>
That is a good option for 2.5. I will update the patch tomorrow.

rohit
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