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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/28] Swap over NFS -v16
Hi Peter,

On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 9:58 AM, Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> > 1/ I note there is no way to tell if memory returned by kmalloc is
> > from the emergency reserve - which contrasts with alloc_page
> > which does make that information available through page->reserve.
> > This seems a slightly unfortunate aspect of the interface.
> Yes, but alas there is no room to store such information in kmalloc().
> That is, in a sane way. I think it was Daniel Phillips who suggested
> encoding it in the return pointer by flipping the low bit - but that is
> just too ugly and breaks all current kmalloc sites to boot.

Why can't you add a kmem_is_emergency() to SLUB that looks up the
cache/slab/page (whatever is the smallest unit of the emergency pool
here) for the object and use that?

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