Re: get_user_pages() cache issues on ARM

From: Miklos Szeredi
Date: Sat Sep 30 2006 - 13:20:07 EST

Added James Bottomley to the CC. He designed this interface, and he
explained to me how it's supposed to work, but I since forgot.

James, do you have some memory of these issues?


> > Hi Russell,
> >
> > The get_user_pages() vs dcache coherency issue still seems to be
> > unresolved on ARM.
> >
> > See flush_anon_page() and flush_kernel_dcache_page() in
> > Documentation/cachetlb.txt and their implementation on PARISC.
> >
> > Can you please take a look at this?
> I'm sorry, I don't think I have sufficient understanding of the Linux VM
> to look at these issues anymore.
> The questions I have are:
> - where do these pages that get_user_pages() finds and calls flush_anon_page()
> on come from?
> - why is the current ARM flush_dcache_page() (which is also called after
> flush_anon_page()) not sufficient?
> - if we implement flush_anon_page() does that mean that we end up flushing
> multiple times in some circumstances? If so, how do we avoid this?
> I'm really serious - I no longer understand the Linux VM sufficiently to
> get this stuff right.
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