Re: [PATCH] mmu_notifier, kvm: Introduce dirty bit tracking in spteand mmu notifier to help KSM dirty bit tracking

From: Nai Xia
Date: Wed Jun 22 2011 - 20:14:33 EST

On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 7:44 AM, Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 07:19:06AM +0800, Nai Xia wrote:
>> OK, I'll have a try over other workarounds.
>> I am not feeling good about need_pte_unmap myself. :-)
> The usual way is to check VM_HUGETLB in the caller and to call another
> function that doesn't kmap. Casting pmd_t to pte_t isn't really nice
> (but hey we're also doing that exceptionally in smaps_pte_range for
> THP, but it safe there because we're casting the value of the pmd, not
> the pointer to the pmd, so the kmap is done by the pte version of the
> caller and not done by the pmd version of the caller).
> Is it done for migrate? Surely it's not for swapout ;).

Thanks for the hint. :-)

You know, another thing I am worried about is that I think I
did make page_check_address() return a pmd version for skipping the
tail subpages ...
I did detecte a schedule in atomic if I kunmap() the returned value. :-(

>> Thanks for viewing!
> You're welcome!
> JFYI I'll be offline on vacation for a week, starting tomorrow, so if
> I don't answer in the next few days that's the reason but I'll follow
> the progress in a week.

Have a nice vacation man! Enjoy the sunlight, we all have enough
of code in rooms. ;-)


> Thanks!
> Andrea
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