Re: [PATCH 0/4] sparsemem intro patches

From: David S. Miller
Date: Mon Mar 14 2005 - 16:57:42 EST

On Mon, 14 Mar 2005 13:14:43 -0800
Dave Hansen <haveblue@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Three of these are i386-only, but one of them reorganizes the macros
> used to manage the space in page->flags, and will affect all platforms.
> There are analogous patches to the i386 ones for ppc64, ia64, and
> x86_64, but those will be submitted by the normal arch maintainers.

Sparc64 uses some of the upper page->flags bits to store D-cache
flushing state.

Specifically, PG_arch_1 is used to set whether the page is scheduled
for delayed D-cache flushing, and bits 24 and up say which CPU the
CPU stores occurred on (and thus which CPU will get the cross-CPU
message to flush it's D-cache should the deferred flush actually

I imagine that since we don't support the domain stuff (yet) on sparc64,
your patches won't break things, but it is something to be aware of.
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