[PATCH v2 05/34] mm: add utility functions for ptdesc

Mike Rapoport rppt at kernel.org
Sun May 28 15:47:45 AEST 2023

On Sat, May 27, 2023 at 04:09:31PM +0100, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Sat, May 27, 2023 at 01:41:44PM +0300, Mike Rapoport wrote:
> > Sorry if I wasn't clear, by "page table page" I meant the page (or memory
> > for that matter) for actual page table rather than struct page describing
> > that memory.
> > 
> > So what we allocate here is the actual memory for the page tables and not
> > the memory for the metadata. That's why I think the name ptdesc_alloc is
> > confusing.
> But that's going to be the common pattern in the Glorious Future.
> You allocate a folio and that includes both the folio memory descriptor
> and the 2^n pages of memory described by that folio.  Similarly for all
> the other memory descriptors.

I'm not arguing with that, I'm not happy about the naming. IMO, the name
should reflect that we allocate memory for page tables rather than for the
descriptor of that memory, say pgtable_alloc() or page_table_alloc().

Sincerely yours,

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