Re: hugepage: Fix hugepage logic in free_pgtables() harder

From: Hugh Dickins <hugh_at_veritas.com>
Date: 2006-03-03 16:18:51
On Fri, 3 Mar 2006, 'David Gibson' wrote:

> Sigh.  Turns out the hugepage logic in free_pgtables() was doubly
> broken.  The loop coalescing multiple normal page VMAs into one call
> to free_pgd_range() had an off by one error, which could mean it would
> coalesce one hugepage VMA into the same bundle (checking 'vma' not
> 'next' in the loop).  I transferred this bug into the new
> is_vm_hugetlb_page() based version.  Here's the fix.
> 
> This one didn't bite on powerpc previously for the same reason the
> is_hugepage_only_range() problem didn't: powerpc's
> hugetlb_free_pgd_range() is identical to free_pgd_range().  It didn't
> bite on ia64 because the hugepage region is distant enough from any
> other region that the separated PMD_SIZE distance test would always
> prevent coalescing the two together.

I agree with your patch, but not with your comment: it's just a fix
to your earlier patch, there's no such off-by-one in the mainline
free_pgtables.  Probably you were misled by my use of "vma->vm_mm"
rather than  "next->vm_mm", equal but admittedly confusing, when
looking at the "next" vma.

Hugh
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