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From: William Lee Irwin III <>
To: Matt Mackall <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Miklos Szeredi <>,,,
Subject: Re: [patch 2/3] only allow nonlinear vmas for ram backed filesystems
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 17:02:10 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Sat, 2007-03-24 at 23:09 +0100, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
>>> Dirty page accounting/limiting doesn't work for nonlinear mappings, so
>>> for non-ram backed filesystems emulate with linear mappings.  This
>>> retains ABI compatibility with previous kernels at minimal code cost.
>>> All known users of nonlinear mappings actually use tmpfs, so this
>>> shouldn't have any negative effect.

On Sun, Mar 25, 2007 at 02:12:32PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:

On Sun, Mar 25, 2007 at 10:51:27AM -0500, Matt Mackall wrote:
> They do? I thought the whole point of nonlinear mappings was for
> mapping files bigger than the address space (eg. databases). Is Oracle
> instead using this to map >3G files on a tmpfs??

It's used for > 3GB files on tmpfs and also ramfs, sometimes
substantially larger than 3GB.

It's not used for the database proper. It's used for the buffer pool,
which is the in-core destination and source of direct I/O, the on-disk
source and destination of the I/O being the database.

-- wli

  reply	other threads:[~2007-03-27  0:02 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-03-24 22:07 [patch 1/3] split mmap Miklos Szeredi
2007-03-24 22:09 ` [patch 2/3] only allow nonlinear vmas for ram backed filesystems Miklos Szeredi
2007-03-25 12:12   ` Peter Zijlstra
2007-03-25 15:51     ` Matt Mackall
2007-03-27  0:02       ` William Lee Irwin III [this message]
2007-03-26  0:00   ` Andrew Morton
2007-03-26  6:57     ` Peter Zijlstra
2007-03-24 22:11 ` [patch 3/3] update ctime and mtime for mmaped write Miklos Szeredi
2007-03-25 12:12   ` Peter Zijlstra
2007-03-25 21:08     ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-03-25 12:12 ` [patch 1/3] split mmap Peter Zijlstra

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