Re: Alloc and lock down large amounts of memory

From: Alan Cox (
Date: Sun Aug 18 2002 - 07:18:17 EST

On Sun, 2002-08-18 at 13:09, Gilad Ben-Yossef wrote:
> > Can 256M be allocated using vmalloc, if so is it swappable?
> It can be alloacted via vmalloc and AFAIK it is not swappable by
> default. This doesn't sound like a very good idea though.

There isnt enough address space for vmalloc to grab 256Mb. If you want
that much then you need to handle the fact its in page arrays not
virtually linear yourself.

> Yes. See /proc/kcore for a very obvious example. Also "Linux device
> drivers second edition" has many good exmaple on the subject in the
> chapter devoted to mmap.

A better worked example for large volumes of memory might be

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