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SubjectRe: [RFC v3 2/4] mm: move PG_slab flag to page_type
On 08.02.23 10:44, Mike Rapoport wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 03, 2023 at 05:04:01PM +0100, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>> On 30.01.23 06:11, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jan 30, 2023 at 01:34:59PM +0900, Hyeonggon Yoo wrote:
>>>>> Seems like quite some changes to page_type to accomodate SLAB, which is
>>>>> hopefully going away soon(TM). Could we perhaps avoid that?
>>>> If it could be done with less changes, I'll try to avoid that.
>>> Let me outline the idea I had for removing PG_slab:
>>> Observe that PG_reserved and PG_slab are mutually exclusive. Also,
>> I recall that there are SetPageReserved() calls on pages allocated via slab.
> I did a quick scan, and it seems that all allocated reserved pages come
> from alloc_pages() or vmalloc().

Thanks for checking, good that my memory was wrong :)

> BTW, looking at the current usage of SetPageReserved, it seems that some
> are bogus/historical and some would justify a different page type if we are
> to have 15 bits for PG_kernel.

I remember raising in the past that something like PG_hole might be helpful.

I also recall that most SetPageReserved usage in drivers is to make
ioremap happy. PG_ioremappable or smth like that would be better.

So yes, that would even help to cleanup the existing PG_reserved usage.


David / dhildenb

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