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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/33] Swap over NFS -v14
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On Wed, 2007-10-31 at 14:26 +1100, Nick Piggin wrote:
> On Wednesday 31 October 2007 03:04, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Another posting of the full swap over NFS series.
>
> Hi,
>
> Is it really worth all the added complexity of making swap
> over NFS files work, given that you could use a network block
> device instead?

As it stands, we don't have a usable network block device IMHO.
NFS is by far the most used and usable network storage solution out
there, anybody with half a brain knows how to set it up and use it.

> Also, have you ensured that page_file_index, page_file_mapping
> and page_offset are only ever used on anonymous pages when the
> page is locked? (otherwise PageSwapCache could change)

Good point, I hope so, both ->readpage() and ->writepage() take a locked
page, I'd have to look if it remains locked throughout the NFS call
chain.

Then again, it might become obsolete with the extended swap a_ops.

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