Re: [patch] do_no_pfn

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On Tuesday 20 June 2006 02:01, Jes Sorensen wrote:
> Robin Holt wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 19, 2006 at 03:06:05PM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
> >> The big question is - why do you have pages without struct page? 
> >> It seems ... wrong.
> ...
> Note that Bjorn Helgas has a case where he needs this as well.

I do have a case where I used pages without struct pages, but
I don't really like the implementation, and I'd love to have
someone who knows about VM tell me "no, dummy, you should do it
this way instead."

Here's the scenario:  I'm trying to implement
/sys/class/pci_bus/DDDD:BB/legacy_mem so we can run X servers
on multiple VGA cards.  The chipset (used in HP parisc and ia64
boxes) supports multiple PCI root bridges, and it routes the
VGA legacy MMIO space at 0xA0000-0xBFFFF to one of them.

This region is MMIO, so there are no struct pages for it.  I can
easily mmap the space for the first VGA device.  But to support
a second device, I have to be able to invalidate the mappings
for the first device, twiddle stuff in the chipset, and make new
mappings for the second device.  And of course I have to do the
reverse (invalidate mappings of second device, twiddle chipset,
map first device) when the first X server faults on the frame

Basically, only one of the /sys/class/pci_bus/DDDD:BB/legacy_mem
files can have an active mmap at a time, and I haven't figured
out a good way to do the mutual exclusion.

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