Re: [RFC PATCH] ARM: Assume new page cache pages have dirty D-cache

From: Russell King - ARM Linux
Date: Thu Mar 04 2010 - 16:44:54 EST

On Thu, Mar 04, 2010 at 06:36:42PM +0000, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> ARM: Assume new page cache pages have dirty D-cache
> From: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@xxxxxxx>
> There are places in Linux where writes to newly allocated page cache
> pages happen without a subsequent call to flush_dcache_page() (several
> PIO drivers including USB HCD). This patch changes the meaning of
> PG_arch_1 to be PG_dcache_clean and always flush the D-cache for a newly
> mapped page in update_mmu_cache().
> The patch also sets the PG_arch_1 bit in the DMA cache maintenance
> function to avoid additional cache flushing in update_mmu_cache().

As I just realised, this is going to subject all pages placed into
userspace with a D cache flush - even anonymous pages, and those
which we've been careful to deal with the cache issues already (eg,
via the COW page copying code.)

I think all the copypage functions need to set PG_dcache_clean on the
new pages once their copy has completed.

I wonder if there's any other anonymous page creating functions which
could do with a similar treatment...
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