On Sun, Oct 22, 2017 at 10:18 PM, Martin Schwidefsky
On Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:29:33 +0200
Christoph Hellwig <hch(a)lst.de> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 08:23:02AM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
> > Yes, however it seems these drivers / platforms have been living with
> > the lack of struct page for a long time. So they either don't use DAX,
> > or they have a constrained use case that never triggers
> > get_user_pages(). If it is the latter then they could introduce a new
> > configuration option that bypasses the pfn_t_devmap() check in
> > bdev_dax_supported() and fix up the get_user_pages() paths to fail.
> > So, I'd like to understand how these drivers have been using DAX
> > support without struct page to see if we need a workaround or we can
> > go ahead delete this support. If the usage is limited to
> > execute-in-place perhaps we can do a constrained ->direct_access() for
> > just that case.
> For axonram I doubt anyone is using it any more - it was a very for
> the IBM Cell blades, which were produceѕ in a rather limited number.
> And Cell basically seems to be dead as far as I can tell.
> For S/390 Martin might be able to help out what the status of xpram
> in general and DAX support in particular is.
The goes back to the time where DAX was called XIP. The initial design
point has been *not* to have struct pages for a large read-only memory
area. There is a block device driver for z/VM that maps a DCSS segment
somewhere in memore (no struct page!) with e.g. the complete /usr
filesystem. The xpram driver is a different beast and has nothing to
do with XIP/DAX.
Now, if any there are very few users of the dcssblk driver out there.
The idea to save a few megabyte for /usr never really took of.
We have to look at our get_user_pages() implementation to see how hard
it would be to make it fail if the target address is for an area without
For read-only memory I think we can enable a subset of DAX, and
explicitly turn off the paths that require get_user_pages(). However,
I wonder if anyone has tested DAX with dcssblk because fork() requires