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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] mm: align anon mmap for THP
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Sistare <steven.sistare@oracle.com> wrote:
>
> A better heuristic would be to return an aligned address if the length
> is a multiple of the huge page size. The gap (if any) between the end of
> the previous VMA and the start of this VMA would be filled by subsequent
> smaller mmap requests. The new behavior would need to become part of the
> mmap interface definition so apps can rely on it and omit their hoop-jumping
> code.
>

Yes that was my original request

> Personally I would like to see a new MAP_ALIGN flag and treat the addr
> argument as the alignment (like Solaris),

Yes I would like that. So app can know when to do the old thing ...

> but I am told that adding flags
> is problematic because old kernels accept undefined flag bits from userland
> without complaint, so their behavior would change.
>

There is already a mechanism in place since 4.14 I think or even before on
how to add new MMAP_XXX flags. This is done by combining MMAP_SHARED & MMAP_PRIVATE
flags together with the new set of flags. If there are present new flags this is allowed and means
requesting some new flag. Else and in old Kernels the combination above is not allowed in POSIX
and would fail in old Kernels.

Cheers
Boaz

> - Steve

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