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Date:	Fri, 7 Dec 2007 01:52:15 -0800
From:	"Jared Hulbert" <>
Cc:	"Rob Landley" <>, "Nick Piggin" <>,
	"Christian Borntraeger" <>,
	"Linux Kernel Mailing List" <>,,
	"Eric W. Biederman" <>,
	"Andrew Morton" <>,
	"Jens Axboe" <>
Subject: Re: [patch] ext2: xip check fix

> > I think so.  The filemap_xip.c functionality doesn't work for Flash
> > memory yet.  Flash memory doesn't have struct pages to back it up with
> > which this stuff depends on.
> Struct page is not the major issue. The primary problem is writing to
> the media (and I am not a flash expert at all, just relaying here):
> For some period of time, the flash memory is not usable and thus we
> need to make sure we can nuke the page table entries that we have in
> userland page tables. For that, we need a callback from the device so
> that it can ask to get its references back. Oh, and a put_xip_page
> counterpart to get_xip_page, so that the driver knows when it's safe
> to erase.

Well... That's the biggest/hardest problem, yes.  But not the first.
First we got to tackle the easy read only case, which doesn't require
any of that unpleasantness, yet which is used in a bunch of out of
tree hacks.
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