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SubjectRe: kernel BUG at lib/radix-tree.c:473!
Hugh Dickins wrote:
> As you can see, I'm still groping towards the right answer.
> The driver probably needs to provide its own backing_dev_info
> (or point to a suitable default), and its own address_space_ops,
> and perhaps more (there should be examples elsewhere). But whether
> it is actually wrong, or whether I was wrong to mess it up, I've
> not yet decided.
>

My understanding is that the driver is doing something a bit clever: it
uses the page dirty flags to determine which parts of the framebuffer
have been written to, and uses that information to minimize the amount
of stuff that needs to be copied out. The writes to the pages are not
expected to generate actual page faults.

But I haven't really looked at it closely, and I'm not at all familiar
with the vm at this layer. I'm not sure how it actually allocates the
framebuffer memory for example (vmalloc? incrementally on faults?).
I'm hoping Markus will leap in, since wrote this stuff. Or, gasp, I'll
read the code myself.

> An additional useful input would be: what happens if you replace
> that /dev/fb0 by a symlink /dev/fb0 pointing to an fb0 device node in
> one of your disk filesystems? I rather expect that to cause the same
> trouble, which would argue that the driver is wrong and shmem right.
>

I don't follow. Do you mean make /dev/fb0 a plain file on a filesystem?
Or make it a disk device node? Something else?

J



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