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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 1/3] radix priority search tree - objrmap complexity fix
On Fri, 2 Apr 2004, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> the good thing is that I believe this fix will make it work with the -mm
> writeback changes. However this fix now collides with anon-vma since
> swapsuspend passes compound pages to rw_swap_page_sync and
> add_to_page_cache overwrites page->private and the kernel crashes at the
> next page_cache_get() since page->private is now the swap entry and not
> a page_t pointer. So I guess I've a good reason now to giveup trying to
> add the page to the swapcache, and to just fake the radix tree like I
> did in my original fix. That way the page won't be swapcache either so I
> don't even need to use get_page to avoid remove_exclusive_swap_page to
> mess with it.

Yes, I too was feeling that we'd gone far enough in this "make it like
a real swap page" direction, and we'd probably have better luck with
"take away all resemblance to a real swap page".

I've still done no work or testing on rw_swap_page_sync, but I wonder...
remember how your page_mapping(page) gives &swapper_space on a swap
cache page, whereas my page_mapping(page) gives NULL on them? My guess
(quite possibly wrong) is that I won't have any of the trouble you've
had with this, that the page_writeback functions, seeing NULL mapping,
won't get involved with the radix tree at all - and why should they,
it isn't doing anything useful for rw_swap_page_sync, just getting you
into memory allocation difficulties. No need for add_to_page_cache or
add_to_swap_cache there at all. As I say, I haven't tested this path,
but I do know that the rest of swap works fine with NULL page_mapping.


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