Re: madvise(2) MADV_SEQUENTIAL behavior
From: Rik van Riel
Date: Thu Jul 17 2008 - 10:20:46 EST
On Wed, 16 Jul 2008 17:05:14 -0400
Chris Snook <csnook@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > I believe that for mmap MADV_SEQUENTIAL, we will have to do
> > an unmap-behind from the fault path. Not every time, but
> > maybe once per megabyte, unmapping the megabyte behind us.
> > That way the normal page cache policies (use once, etc) can
> > take care of page eviction, which should help if the file
> > is also in use by another process.
> Wouldn't it just be easier to not move pages to the active list when
> they're referenced via an MADV_SEQUENTIAL mapping?
You want to check the MADV_SEQUENTIAL hint at pageout time and
discard the referenced bit from the pte?
> If we keep them on the inactive list, they'll be candidates for
Only if we ignore the referenced bit. Which I guess we can do.
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