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Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2017 14:48:44 -0400
From: Jerome Glisse <>
To: Igor Stoppa <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/3] Protectable memory support

On Fri, Jul 07, 2017 at 11:42:09AM +0300, Igor Stoppa wrote:
> On 06/07/17 19:27, Jerome Glisse wrote:
> > On Wed, Jul 05, 2017 at 04:46:26PM +0300, Igor Stoppa wrote:


> > Yet another way is to use some of the free struct page fields ie
> > when a page is allocated for vmalloc i think most of struct page
> > fields are unuse (mapping, index, lru, ...). It would be better
> > to use those rather than adding a page flag.
> Like introducing an unnamed union? Some sort of vmalloc_page_subtype?
> If that is what you are proposing, I agree that it would work in a
> similar fashion as what I have now, but without introducing the overhead
> of the extra page flag.

No need to introduce unamed union or anything. Just use one of the
existing field for install you can make page->mapping point to the
pmalloc pool structure. Or you can store a unique key value.

I believe there is enough unuse field that for vmalloc pages that
you should find one you can use. Just add some documentation in
mm_types.h so people are aware of alternate use for the field you
are using.


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