[PATCH 2/2] mmap2: clarify MAP_POPULATE

From: Michal Hocko
Date: Wed May 13 2015 - 10:38:52 EST

From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxx>

David Rientjes has noticed that MAP_POPULATE wording might promise much
more than the kernel actually provides and intend to provide. The
primary usage of the flag is to pre-fault the range. There is no
guarantee that no major faults will happen later on. The pages might
have been reclaimed by the time the process tries to access them.

Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxx>
man2/mmap.2 | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/man2/mmap.2 b/man2/mmap.2
index 1486be2e96b3..dcf306f2f730 100644
--- a/man2/mmap.2
+++ b/man2/mmap.2
@@ -284,7 +284,7 @@ private writable mappings.
.BR MAP_POPULATE " (since Linux 2.5.46)"
Populate (prefault) page tables for a mapping.
For a file mapping, this causes read-ahead on the file.
-Later accesses to the mapping will not be blocked by page faults.
+This will help to reduce blocking on page faults later.
is supported for private mappings only since Linux 2.6.23.

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