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authorAndrea Arcangeli <>2011-01-13 15:46:45 -0800
committerLinus Torvalds <>2011-01-13 17:32:41 -0800
commite7a00c45f29c0155007aa150bf231a70fa470365 (patch)
tree3225a79905dede614ed44e98776cdc6285bbd28a /mm
parent4e6af67e970a2ac287739a4c526c857b5bda27ec (diff)
thp: add pmd_huge_pte to mm_struct
This increase the size of the mm struct a bit but it is needed to preallocate one pte for each hugepage so that split_huge_page will not require a fail path. Guarantee of success is a fundamental property of split_huge_page to avoid decrasing swapping reliability and to avoid adding -ENOMEM fail paths that would otherwise force the hugepage-unaware VM code to learn rolling back in the middle of its pte mangling operations (if something we need it to learn handling pmd_trans_huge natively rather being capable of rollback). When split_huge_page runs a pte is needed to succeed the split, to map the newly splitted regular pages with a regular pte. This way all existing VM code remains backwards compatible by just adding a split_huge_page* one liner. The memory waste of those preallocated ptes is negligible and so it is worth it. Signed-off-by: Andrea Arcangeli <> Acked-by: Rik van Riel <> Acked-by: Mel Gorman <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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