Re: kernel page size explanation

From: VASM
Date: Mon Jul 25 2005 - 08:44:04 EST

On 7/25/05, Nix <nix@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Jul 2005, VASM wrote:
> > i had one question
> > does the linux kernel support only one default page size even if the
> > processor on which it is working supports multiple ?
> No. Some architectures have compile-time support for multiple different
> page sizes (e.g. Itanium, SPARC64); many have support for a
> (non-swappable) `large pages) system, and a filesystem backed by huge
> pages. (Often, the kernel is stored in huge pages, to keep the number
> of page table entries wasted by the nonswappable kernel to a minimum.)
> What is *not* presently supported is using multiple page sizes to
> back userspace processes; that size is currently fixed at compile-time,
> even on architectures supporting multiple variably-sized pages.
are there any specific reasons for not using large page size for
userspace processes

> --
> `But of course, GR is the very best relativity for the masses.'
> --- Wayne Throop
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