Re: [PATCH v12 10/20] dax: Replace XIP documentation with DAX documentation

From: Matthew Wilcox
Date: Fri Jan 22 2016 - 09:39:12 EST

On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 01:48:08PM +0000, Chris Brandt wrote:
> I believe the motivation for the new DAX code was being able to
> read/write data directly to specific physical memory. However, with
> the AXFS file system, XIP file mapping was mostly beneficial for direct
> access to executable code pages, not data. Code pages were XIP-ed, and
> data pages were copied to RAM as normal. This results in a significant
> reduction in system RAM, especially when used with an XIP_KERNEL. In
> some systems, most of your RAM is eaten up by lots of code pages from
> big bloated shared libraries, not R/W data. (of course I'm talking about
> smaller embedded system here)

OK, I can't construct a failure case for read-only usages. If you want
to put together a patch-set that re-enables DAX in a read-only way on
those architectures, I'm fine with that.

I think your time would be better spent fixing the read-write problems;
once we see persistent memory on the embedded platforms, we'll need that
code anyway.