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authorPavel Emelyanov <xemul@parallels.com>2013-07-03 15:01:20 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2013-07-03 16:07:26 -0700
commit0f8975ec4db2c8b5bd111b211292ca9be0feb6b8 (patch)
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parent2b0a9f017548f05e42fbf7e67c4a626c1ebd5e12 (diff)
downloadlinux-0f8975ec4db2c8b5bd111b211292ca9be0feb6b8.tar.gz
mm: soft-dirty bits for user memory changes tracking
The soft-dirty is a bit on a PTE which helps to track which pages a task writes to. In order to do this tracking one should 1. Clear soft-dirty bits from PTEs ("echo 4 > /proc/PID/clear_refs) 2. Wait some time. 3. Read soft-dirty bits (55'th in /proc/PID/pagemap2 entries) To do this tracking, the writable bit is cleared from PTEs when the soft-dirty bit is. Thus, after this, when the task tries to modify a page at some virtual address the #PF occurs and the kernel sets the soft-dirty bit on the respective PTE. Note, that although all the task's address space is marked as r/o after the soft-dirty bits clear, the #PF-s that occur after that are processed fast. This is so, since the pages are still mapped to physical memory, and thus all the kernel does is finds this fact out and puts back writable, dirty and soft-dirty bits on the PTE. Another thing to note, is that when mremap moves PTEs they are marked with soft-dirty as well, since from the user perspective mremap modifies the virtual memory at mremap's new address. Signed-off-by: Pavel Emelyanov <xemul@parallels.com> Cc: Matt Mackall <mpm@selenic.com> Cc: Xiao Guangrong <xiaoguangrong@linux.vnet.ibm.com> Cc: Glauber Costa <glommer@parallels.com> Cc: Marcelo Tosatti <mtosatti@redhat.com> Cc: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@gmail.com> Cc: Stephen Rothwell <sfr@canb.auug.org.au> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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diff --git a/arch/Kconfig b/arch/Kconfig
index a4429bcd609..8d2ae24b9f4 100644
--- a/arch/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/Kconfig
@@ -365,6 +365,9 @@ config HAVE_IRQ_TIME_ACCOUNTING
config HAVE_ARCH_TRANSPARENT_HUGEPAGE
bool
+config HAVE_ARCH_SOFT_DIRTY
+ bool
+
config HAVE_MOD_ARCH_SPECIFIC
bool
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