Re: [PATCH 1/1] Fixup write permission of TLB on powerpc e500 core

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Sun Jul 17 2011 - 07:03:20 EST

On Sun, 2011-07-17 at 09:49 +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> In the meantime, other than rewriting the futex code to not require
> those in-atomic accesses (can't it just access the pages via the linear
> mapping and/or kmap after the gup ?),

That'll wreck performance on things like ARM and SPARC that have to deal
with cache aliasing.

> all I see would be a way to force
> dirty and young after gup, with appropriate locks, or a variant of gup
> (via a flag ?) to require it to do so.

Again, _WHY_ isn't gup(.write=1) a complete write fault? Its supposed to
be, it needs to break COW, do dirty page tracking and call page_mkwrite.
I'm still thinking this e500 stuff is smoking crack.

ARM has no hardware dirty bit either, and yet it works for them. I can't
exactly tell how because I got lost in there, but it does, again,
suggest e500 is on crack.
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