Re: [RFC 00/10] fs/dax: Fix FS DAX page reference counts

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On Thu, Apr 11, 2024 at 10:28:56AM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
> Alistair Popple wrote:
> > FS DAX pages have always maintained their own page reference counts
> > without following the normal rules for page reference counting. In
> > particular pages are considered free when the refcount hits one rather
> > than zero and refcounts are not added when mapping the page.
> > Tracking this requires special PTE bits (PTE_DEVMAP) and a secondary
> > mechanism for allowing GUP to hold references on the page (see
> > get_dev_pagemap). However there doesn't seem to be any reason why FS
> > DAX pages need their own reference counting scheme.
> This is fair. However, for anyone coming in fresh to this situation
> maybe some more "how we get here" history helps. That longer story is
> here:

This never got merged? :(


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