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Date:	Sat, 19 May 2007 20:30:31 +0800
From:	Fengguang Wu <wfg@...l.ustc.edu.cn>
To:	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
Cc:	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, Andi Kleen <andi@...stfloor.org>,
	Jens Axboe <jens.axboe@...cle.com>,
	Oleg Nesterov <oleg@...sign.ru>,
	Steven Pratt <slpratt@...tin.ibm.com>,
	Ram Pai <linuxram@...ibm.com>,
	"linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org" <linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/9] readahead: introduce PG_readahead

On Fri, May 18, 2007 at 11:28:24PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Thu, 17 May 2007 06:47:53 +0800 Fengguang Wu <wfg@...l.ustc.edu.cn> wrote:
> 
> > Introduce a new page flag: PG_readahead.
> 
> Is there any way in which we can avoid adding a new page flag?
> 
> We have the advantage that if the kernel very occasionally gets the wrong
> result for PageReadahead(page), nothing particularly bad will happen, so we
> can do racy things.
> 
> >From a quick peek, it appears that PG_readahead is only ever set against
> non-uptodate pages.  If true we could perhaps exploit that: say,
> PageReadahead(page) == PG_referenced && !PG_uptodate?

PG_uptodate will flip to 1 before the reader touches the page :(

However, it may be possible to share the same bit with PG_reclaim or PG_booked.
Which one would be preferred?

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