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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 08/34] ia64: mm: Add p?d_large() definitions
On Mon, Mar 04, 2019 at 01:16:47PM +0000, Steven Price wrote:
> On 01/03/2019 21:57, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
> > On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 05:05:42PM +0000, Steven Price wrote:
> >> walk_page_range() is going to be allowed to walk page tables other than
> >> those of user space. For this it needs to know when it has reached a
> >> 'leaf' entry in the page tables. This information is provided by the
> >> p?d_large() functions/macros.
> >>
> >> For ia64 leaf entries are always at the lowest level, so implement
> >> stubs returning 0.
> >
> > Are you sure about this? I see pte_mkhuge defined for ia64 and Kconfig
> > contains hugetlb references.
> >
>
> I'm not completely familiar with ia64, but my understanding is that it
> doesn't have the situation where a page table walk ends early - there is
> always the full depth of entries. The p?d_huge() functions always return 0.
>
> However my understanding is that it does support huge TLB entries, so
> when populating the TLB a region larger than a standard page can be mapped.
>
> I'd definitely welcome review by someone more familiar with ia64 to
> check my assumptions.

ia64 has several ways to manage page tables. The one
used by Linux has multi-level table walks like other
architectures, but we don't allow mixing of different
page sizes within a "region" (there are eight regions
selected by the high 3 bits of the virtual address).

Is the series in some GIT tree that I can pull, rather
than tracking down all 34 pieces? I can try it out and
see if things work/break.

-Tony

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