Re: swapper_space export

From: Josef Sipek
Date: Wed May 17 2006 - 15:12:42 EST

On Wed, May 17, 2006 at 04:52:36PM +0100, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> On Wed, 17 May 2006, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > On Tue, 2006-05-16 at 19:24 -0400, Josef Sipek wrote:
> > > I was trying to compile the Unionfs[1] to get it up to sync it up with
> > > the kernel developments from the past few months. Anyway, long story
> > > short...swapper_space (defined in mm/swap_state.c) is not exported
> > > anymore (git commit: 4936967374c1ad0eb3b734f24875e2484c3786cc). This
> > > apparently is not an issue for most modules. Troubles arise when the
> > > modules include mm.h or any of its relatives.
> > >
> > > One simply gets a linker error about swapper_space not being defined.
> > > The problem is that it is used in mm.h.
> >
> > don't you think it's really suspect that no other filesystem, in fact no
> > other driver in the kernel needs this? Could it just be that unionfs is
> > using a wrong API ? Because if that's the case you're patch is just the
> > wrong thing. Maybe the unionfs people should try to submit their code
> > for review etc......
> I see no reference to page_mapping() in the unionfs source (and at
> present there's no other justifiable modular use of swapper_space);
> but my guess would be that Jeff is being more conscientious than is
> called for in getting it to sync up with the kernel -

That's what happens when one is trying to get ready to send the code to
linux-kernel & fs-devel :)

> The unionfs source does contain its own inline "sync_page" which
> comments that it "is copied verbatim from mm/filemap.c". I'm
> guessing Jeff has noticed that it's no longer a verbatim copy,
> has made it so, and is thereby involving page_mapping().

Good guess, exactly what happened.

> Just use page->mapping as before.

Thanks for the advice.

> (But I notice that unionfs better not have a tmpfs in its union:
> the unionfs use of grab_cache_page is not strictly compatible with
> the way tmpfs pages are swapped out under memory pressure.)

We have some tmpfs nastiness reported in the bugzilla - I guess this is
a good starting point - thanks!

Thanks all,
Josef "Jeff" Sipek.
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at