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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCHSET] mremap/mmap mess
Thanks for the explanations,
it sounds as if you and Linus would like to push forward.

On Mon, 7 Dec 2009, Al Viro wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 07, 2009 at 06:58:25PM +0000, Hugh Dickins wrote:
>
> > [PATCH 9/19] arm: add arch_mmap_check(), get rid of sys_arm_mremap()
> >
> > You give arm an arch_mmap_check() which tests MAP_FIXED,
> > so now do_brk() needs fixing. Or can arm's get_unmapped_area()
> > handle this, without any arch_mmap_check()? In the end you move
> > the arch_mmap_check() call into get_unmapped_area(), but could it be
> > eliminated completely, in favour of code in arch's get_unmapped_area()?
>
> Point, but take a look at actual check there. do_brk() won't run afoul
> of it anyway with existing callers on arm. But yes, I agree that flags
> need to be fixed there.

Right, all that matters is whether MAP_FIXED is set here, and the
fact that it is set through both an explicit MAP_FIXED and a confused
VM_MAYREAD does not really matter - something to clean up, but not
something that will break anybody before it's cleaned up.

> > And (b) I thought you were being perverse in putting sys_mmap_pgoff()
> > in mm/util.c, that's never where I'd look for it, we have a file
> > mm/mmap.c which is just the place for it, after do_mmap_pgoff().
> > Ah, you're trying to avoid duplicating it in mm/nommu.c? Hmm,
> > well, I'd much rather you do duplicate it. Particularly once
> > 14/19 complicates it with the MAP_HUGETLB fix, which we should
> > keep in in mm/mmap.c, and shouldn't be needed in mm/nommu.c.
>
> I'm not too happy with mm/util.c, but I really don't like the mmap vs nommu
> duplications. Hell knows; we can always split and move later on.

mm/nommu.c is all about duplicating stuff with variations:
unsatisfactory, but no reason to go do it differently here.
Yes, I'll want to revert the util.c mods, but you don't need
to do so now.

Hugh


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