Re: [PATCH] mm: Save soft-dirty bits on swapped pages

From: Andy Lutomirski
Date: Wed Jul 24 2013 - 13:07:24 EST

On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM, Cyrill Gorcunov <gorcunov@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 09:23:14AM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM, Cyrill Gorcunov <gorcunov@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > Andy Lutomirski reported that in case if a page with _PAGE_SOFT_DIRTY
>> > bit set get swapped out, the bit is getting lost and no longer
>> > available when pte read back.
>> Potentially silly question (due to my completely lack of understanding
>> of how swapping works in Linux): what about file-backed pages?
>> (Arguably these would be best supported by filesystems instead of by
>> the core vm, in which case it might make sense to drop soft-dirty
>> support for these pages entirely.)
> Hi Andy, if I understand you correctly "file-backed pages" are carried
> in pte with _PAGE_FILE bit set and the swap soft-dirty bit won't be
> used on them but _PAGE_SOFT_DIRTY will be set on write if only I've
> not missed something obvious (Pavel?).

If I understand this stuff correctly, the vmscan code calls
try_to_unmap when it reclaims memory, which makes its way into
try_to_unmap_one, which clears the pte (and loses the soft-dirty bit).

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