[RFC/PATCH] mm: Pass virtual address to [__]p{te,ud,md}_free_tlb()

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Mon Jul 20 20:00:41 EST 2009

On Mon, 2009-07-20 at 10:10 +0200, Nick Piggin wrote:
> Maybe I don't understand your description correctly. The TLB contains
> PMDs, but you say the HW still logically performs another translation
> step using entries in the PMD pages? If I understand that correctly,
> then generic mm does not actually care and would logically fit better
> if those entries were "linux ptes". 

They are :-)

> The pte invalidation routines
> give the virtual address, which you could use to invalidate the TLB.

For PTEs, yes, but not for those PMD entries. IE. I need the virtual
address when destroying PMDs so that I can invalidate those "indirect"
pages. PTEs are already taken care of by existing mechanisms.


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