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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 3/3] Prevent activation of page in madvise_dontneed
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Hi Hugh,

On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 3:34 AM, Hugh Dickins <hughd@google.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Nov 2010, Minchan Kim wrote:
>
>> Now zap_pte_range alwayas activates pages which are pte_young &&
>> !VM_SequentialReadHint(vma). But in case of calling MADV_DONTNEED,
>> it's unnecessary since the page wouldn't use any more.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com>
>> Acked-by: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>
>> Cc: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com>
>> Cc: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>
>> Cc: Nick Piggin <npiggin@kernel.dk>
>> Cc: Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie>
>> Cc: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
>>
>> Changelog since v2:
>>  - remove unnecessary description
>> Changelog since v1:
>>  - change word from promote to activate
>>  - add activate argument to zap_pte_range and family function
>>
>> ---
>>  include/linux/mm.h |    4 ++--
>>  mm/madvise.c       |    4 ++--
>>  mm/memory.c        |   38 +++++++++++++++++++++++---------------
>>  mm/mmap.c          |    4 ++--
>>  4 files changed, 29 insertions(+), 21 deletions(-)
>
> Everyone else seems pretty happy with this, and I've not checked
> at all whether it achieves your purpose; but personally I'd much
> prefer a smaller patch which adds your "activate" or "ignore_references"
> flag to struct zap_details, instead of passing this exceptional arg
> down lots of levels.  That's precisely the purpose of zap_details,
> to gather together a few things that aren't needed in the common case
> (though I admit the NULL details defaulting may be ugly).

Before I sent RFC, I tried it and suffered from NULL detail as you said.
But it's valuable to look on it, again.
Since other guys don't opposed this patch's goal, I will have a time
for unifying it into zap_details.

Thanks, Hugh.


> Hugh
>



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Kind regards,
Minchan Kim
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