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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 3/10] define page_file_cache
On Tue, 6 Nov 2007 19:26:33 -0800 (PST)
Christoph Lameter <> wrote:
> n Tue, 6 Nov 2007, Rik van Riel wrote:
> > Every anonymous, tmpfs or shared memory segment page is potentially
> > swap backed. That is the whole point of the PG_swapbacked flag.
> One of the current issues with anonymous pages is the accounting when
> they become file backed and get dirty.

What are you talking about?

How exactly can an anonymous page ever become file backed?

> There are performance issue with swap writeout

That is one of the reasons everything that is ram/swap backed
goes onto a different set of LRU lists from everything that is
backed by a disk or network filesystem.

> Do ramfs pages count as memory backed?

Since ramfs pages cannot be evicted from memory at all, they
should go into the "noreclaim" page set.

> > A page from a filesystem like ext3 or NFS cannot suddenly turn into
> > a swap backed page. This page "nature" is not changed during the
> > lifetime of a page.
> Well COW sortof does that but then its a new page.

Exactly. As far as I know, a page never changes from a file
page into an anonymous page, or the other way around.

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