[PATCH 2/2] ARM: LPAE: reduce damage caused by idmap to virtual memory layout

Will Deacon will.deacon at arm.com
Mon Jul 28 11:14:56 PDT 2014

On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 04:36:35PM +0100, Konstantin Khlebnikov wrote:
> idmap layout combines both phisical and virtual addresses.
> Everything works fine if ram physically lays below PAGE_OFFSET.
> Otherwise idmap starts punching huge holes in virtual memory layout.
> It maps ram by 2MiB sections, but when it allocates new pmd page it
> cuts 1GiB at once.
> This patch makes a copy of all affected pmds from init_mm.
> Only few (usually one) 2MiB sections will be lost.
> This is not eliminates problem but makes it 512 times less likely.

I'm struggling to understand your commit message, but making a problem `512
times less likely' does sound like a bit of a hack to me. Can't we fix this
properly instead?


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