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

From: Pavel Emelyanov
Date: Sat Jul 27 2013 - 15:30:00 EST

On 07/27/2013 12:55 AM, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM, Cyrill Gorcunov <gorcunov@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Andy reported that if file page get reclaimed we loose soft-dirty bit
>> if it was there, so save _PAGE_BIT_SOFT_DIRTY bit when page address
>> get encoded into pte entry. Thus when #pf happens on such non-present
>> pte we can restore it back.
> Unless I'm misunderstanding this, it's saving the bit in the
> non-present PTE. This sounds wrong -- what happens if the entire pmd
> (or whatever the next level is called) gets zapped? (Also, what
> happens if you unmap a file and map a different file there?)

The whole pte gets zapped on vma unmap, and in this case forgetting
the soft-dirty bit completely is OK.

> --Andy
> .

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