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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: setup pageblock_order before it's used by sparse
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On Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 2:20 AM, Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 04, 2012 at 09:40:30AM +0800, Jiang Liu wrote:
>> > It's a bit ugly calling set_pageblock_order() from both sparse_init()
>> > and from free_area_init_core(). Can we find a single place from which
>> > to call it? It looks like here:
>> >
>> > --- a/init/main.c~a
>> > +++ a/init/main.c
>> > @@ -514,6 +514,7 @@ asmlinkage void __init start_kernel(void
>> > __stop___param - __start___param,
>> > -1, -1, &unknown_bootoption);
>> >
>> > + set_pageblock_order();
>> > jump_label_init();
>> >
>> > /*
>> >
>> > would do the trick?
>> >
>> > (free_area_init_core is __paging_init and set_pageblock_order() is
>> > __init. I'm too lazy to work out if that's wrong)
>>
>> Hi Andrew,
>> Thanks for you comments. Yes, this's an issue.
>> And we are trying to find a way to setup pageorder_block as
>> early as possible. Yinghai has suggested a good way for IA64,
>> but we still need help from PPC experts because PPC has the
>> same issue and I'm not familiar with PPC architecture.
>> We will submit another patch once we find an acceptable
>> solution here.
>
> I think it's overkill to try and do this on a per-architecture basis unless
> you are aware of a case where the per-architecture code cares about the
> value of pageblock_order. I find it implausible that the architecture
> needs to know the value very early in boot as pageblock_order is part of
> the arch-independent memory model. Andrew's suggestion seems reasonable
> to me once the section mess is figured out.

cma, dma_continugous_reserve is referring pageblock_order very early too.
just after init_memory_mapping() for x86's setup_arch.

so set pageblock_order early looks like my -v2 patch is right way.

current question: need to powerpc guys to check who to set that early.

Thanks

Yinghai


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