On Tue, Oct 02, 2018 at 12:05:31PM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
commit e1fb4a086495 "dax: remove VM_MIXEDMAP for fsdax and device dax" has
removed VM_MIXEDMAP flag from DAX VMAs. Now our testing shows that in the
mean time certain customer of ours started poking into /proc/<pid>/smaps
and looks at VMA flags there and if VM_MIXEDMAP is missing among the VMA
flags, the application just fails to start complaining that DAX support is
missing in the kernel. The question now is how do we go about this?
OK naive question from me, how do we want an application to be able to
check if it is running on a DAX mapping?
AFAIU DAX is always associated with a file descriptor of some kind (be
it a real file with filesystem dax or the /dev/dax device file for
device dax). So could a new fcntl() be of any help here? IS_DAX() only
checks for the S_DAX flag in inode::i_flags, so this should be doable
for both fsdax and devdax.
I haven't tried it yet but it should be fairly easy to come up with
something like this.
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