Re: Pagecache: find_or_create_page does not call a proper pageallocator function

From: Christoph Lameter
Date: Tue Apr 24 2007 - 16:58:56 EST

On Tue, 24 Apr 2007, Andrew Morton wrote:

> > Then I think we should disable page migration for allocations that do not
> > allow access to the policy zone. That would fix it.
> Can't we use mapping_gfp_mask() when allocating the destination page?

There is no point in migrating something if you cannot reach the
destination. If the policy zone is not allowed by an allocation then the
page cannot be migrated because (on 32 bit NUMA) there is only a single
ZONE_NORMAL on the system. A different node requires a HIGHMEM allocation!

> It would be better to do so, really. Who knows, mapping_gfp_mask() might
> be extented in the future to say "I want GFP_NOIO" or something. Or a
> filesystem might specify GFP_KERNEL for regular pagecache pages or
> whatever.

Hmmm..... How about a VM_DONTMIGRATE flag instead? That would be easy to
check and could be set by a device that must have all pages of the address
space conforming to the gfp mask.

Or more general


> Generally, the interface is "address_space tells core kernel how to
> allocate its pages", and to be nice we should honour that in all places
> where we allocate a page for an address_space.
> If we'd had any brains we would have implemented this function as an
> address_space_operations callback, but we don't so we didn't.

We have enough flags I think.
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