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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: fix PAE pmd_bad bootup warning
On Thu, 2008-05-08 at 18:19 +0200, Hans Rosenfeld wrote:
> On Thu, May 08, 2008 at 08:51:22AM -0700, Dave Hansen wrote:
> > Is there anything in your dmesg?
> mm/memory.c:127: bad pmd ffff810076801040(80000000720000e7).
> > There was a discussion on LKML in the last couple of days about
> > pmd_bad() triggering on huge pages. Perhaps we're clearing the mapping
> > with the pmd_none_or_clear_bad(), and *THAT* is leaking the page.
> That makes sense. I remember that explicitly munmapping the huge page
> would still work, but it doesn't. I don't quite remember what I did back
> then to test this, but I probably made some mistake there that led me to
> some false conclusions.

I can't see how it would possibly work with the code that we have today,
so I guess it was just a false assumption.

static inline int pmd_none_or_clear_bad(pmd_t *pmd)
if (pmd_none(*pmd))
return 1;
if (unlikely(pmd_bad(*pmd))) {
return 1;
return 0;

void pmd_clear_bad(pmd_t *pmd)

That pmd_clear() will simply zero out the pmd and leak the page.

Sounds like Linus had the right idea:

> I'd much rather have pdm_bad() etc fixed up instead, so that they do a
> more proper test (not thinking that a PSE page is bad, since it clearly
> isn't). And then, make them dependent on DEBUG_VM, because doing the
> proper test will be more expensive.

-- Dave

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