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Date:	Sat, 24 Mar 2007 00:11:32 -0700
From:	"Ken Chen" <kenchen@...gle.com>
To:	"Andrew Morton" <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
Cc:	"Nish Aravamudan" <nish.aravamudan@...il.com>,
	"Adam Litke" <agl@...ibm.com>,
	"Arjan van de Ven" <arjan@...radead.org>,
	"William Lee Irwin III" <wli@...omorphy.com>,
	"Christoph Hellwig" <hch@...radead.org>, linux-mm@...ck.org,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [patch] rfc: introduce /dev/hugetlb

On 3/23/07, Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org> wrote:
> a) Ken observes that obtaining private hugetlb memory via hugetlbfs
>    involves "fuss".
>
> b) the libhugetlbfs maintainers then go off and implement a no-fuss way of
>    doing this.

Hmm, what started this thread was libhugetlbfs maintainer complained
how "fuss" it was to create private hugetlb mapping and suggested an
even bigger kernel change with pagetable_operations API.  The new API
was designed with an end goal of introduce /dev/hugetlb (as one of the
feature, they might be thinking more).  What motivated me here is to
point out that we can achieve the same goal of having a /dev/hugetlb
with existing hugetlbfs infrastructure and the implementation is
relatively straightforward.  What it also buys us is a bit more
flexibility to the end user who wants to use the interface directly.
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