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SubjectRe: [PATCH] properly account readahead file major faults
Hi,

On Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 12:00:38PM -0200, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> Hi,
>
> The fault accounting of filemap_dopage() is currently unable to account
> for readahead pages as major faults.

Sorry, I don't know much about the definition of major/minor page faults.
So I googled one that explains the old behavior:

--> Page Faults <--
These come in two varieties. Minor and Major faults. A Major fault results
when an application tries to access a memory page that has been swapped out to
disk. The page must be swapped back in. A Minor fault results when an
application tries to access a memory page that is still in memory, but the
physical location of which is not immediately known. The address must be
looked up.

With the current accounting logic:
- major faults reflect the times one has to wait for real I/O.
- the more success read-ahead, the less major faults.
- anyway, major+minor faults remain the same for the same benchmark.

With your patch:
- major faults are expected to remain the same with whatever read-ahead.
- but what's the new meaning of minor faults?

Thanks,
Wu
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