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SubjectRe: [patch] remap-file-pages-2.5.63-A0

On Mon, 3 Mar 2003, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> > the attached patch, against BK-curr, is a preparation to make
> > remap_file_pages() usable on swappable vmas as well. When 'swapping out'
> > shared-named mappings the page offset is written into the pte.
> >
> > it takes one bit from the swap-type bits, otherwise it does not change the
> > pte layout - so it should be easy to adapt any other architecture to this
> > change as well. (this patch does not introduce the protection-bits-in-pte
> > approach used in my previous patch.)
> One question: Why?
> What's wrong with just using the value we use now (0), and just
> calculating the page from the vma/offset information? Why hide the
> offset in the page tables, when there is no need for it?

you mean why in the normal, linear mapping case? No reason, just for
testing. At zap-time we could test whether that pte is linear or not, and
only store it in the swap entry as a file-pte if it's nonlinear.

for swappable sys_file_remap_pages() support it's necessary though, as
they break up the linear mapping without splitting up the vma into
zillions of pieces.


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