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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 01/11] asm-generic/tlb: Provide a comment
On Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:02:07 +0200
Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 12:28:24PM +0200, Martin Schwidefsky wrote:
> > I spent some time to get s390 converted to the common mmu_gather code.
> > There is one thing I would like to request, namely the ability to
> > disable the page gather part of mmu_gather. For my prototype patch
> > see below, it defines the negative HAVE_RCU_NO_GATHER_PAGES Kconfig
> > symbol that if defined will remove some parts from common code.
> > Ugly but good enough for the prototype to convey the idea.
> > For the final solution we better use a positive Kconfig symbol and
> > add that to all arch Kconfig files except for s390.
> In a private thread ealier Linus raised the point that the batching and
> freeing of lots of pages at once is probably better for I$.

That would be something to try. For now I would like to do a conversion
that more or less preserves the old behavior. You know these pesky TLB
related bugs..

> > + bool
> I have a problem with the name more than anything else; this name
> suggests it is the RCU table freeing that should not batch, which is not
> the case, you want the regular page gather gone, but very much require
> the RCU table gather to batch.
> So I would like to propose calling it:
> Or something along those lines.

Imho a positive config option like HAVE_MMU_GATHER_PAGES would make the
most sense. It has the downside that it needs to be added to all
arch/*/Kconfig files except for s390.

But I am not hung-up on a name, whatever does not sound to awful will do
for me. HAVE_MMU_GATHER_NO_GATHER would be ok.

blue skies,

"Reality continues to ruin my life." - Calvin.

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