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SubjectRe: [RFC 7/8] Enhance ramfs to support higher order pages
On Fri, 20 Apr 2007, Mel Gorman wrote:

> So the difference here appears to be that specifying an order means you
> can't mmap(). right?
> That's fair enough for the moment but relaxing would make ramfs
> potentially usable as a replacement for hugetlbfs so there would be just
> one ram-based filesystem instead of two.

Yes I have some draft of patches that enable mmap. But I think we should
fist make the non mmap case work cleanly.

The current approach is to map higher order pages into an address space on
a per PTE basis. A page fault will establish one pte which may point to a
tail page of a compound page. This means that the 4k semantics are
preserved. We essentially manage pointers into 4k sections of larger

Later we could add support for PMD faults. If the page size is larger than
pmd size then establish pmds mapping 2M instead of ptes. But that would be
much much later when everything else works.
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