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SubjectA question about using a private anonymous mmap
I have a program which creates a reasonably large private anonymous map. 
The program then writes into a few places in the map, but ends up reading
from all of them.

When I run this program on a system running 2.6.20.7 the process only ever
seems to use enough memory to hold the data that has actually been written
(well - in units of PAGE_SIZE). When I run the program on a system
running 2.6.24.5 then as it reads the map the amount of memory used
continues to increase until the complete map has actually been allocated
(and since the total size is greater than the physically available RAM
causes swapping). Basically I seem to be seeing copy-on-read instead of
copy-on-write type behaviour.

Is this an expected change, and is there any option I can tweak to get the
old behaviour back?

TIA,

--
Julian

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