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SubjectRe: [PATCH v12 04/22] mm: devmap: refactor 1-based refcounting for ZONE_DEVICE pages
On Tue, Jan 07, 2020 at 02:45:40PM -0800, John Hubbard wrote:
> An upcoming patch changes and complicates the refcounting and
> especially the "put page" aspects of it. In order to keep
> everything clean, refactor the devmap page release routines:
>
> * Rename put_devmap_managed_page() to page_is_devmap_managed(),
> and limit the functionality to "read only": return a bool,
> with no side effects.
>
> * Add a new routine, put_devmap_managed_page(), to handle
> decrementing the refcount for ZONE_DEVICE pages.
>
> * Change callers (just release_pages() and put_page()) to check
> page_is_devmap_managed() before calling the new
> put_devmap_managed_page() routine. This is a performance
> point: put_page() is a hot path, so we need to avoid non-
> inline function calls where possible.
>
> * Rename __put_devmap_managed_page() to free_devmap_managed_page(),
> and limit the functionality to unconditionally freeing a devmap
> page.
>
> This is originally based on a separate patch by Ira Weiny, which
> applied to an early version of the put_user_page() experiments.
> Since then, Jérôme Glisse suggested the refactoring described above.

I'm really not sold on this scheme. Note that I think it is
particularly bad, but it also doesn't seem any better than what
we had before, and it introduced quite a bit more code.

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