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Re: [PATCH] Linux Kernel Markers 0.5 for Linux 2.6.17 (with probe management)

* Mathieu Desnoyers <> wrote:

> > > Then you lose the ability to trace in-kernel minor page faults.
> > 
> > that's wrong, minor pagefaults go through __handle_mm_fault() just as 
> > much.
> > 
> Hi Ingo,
> On a 2.6.17 kernel tree :

> It seems like a shortcut path that will never call __handle_mm_fault. 
> This path is precisely used to handle vmalloc faults.

yes, but you said "minor fault", not "vmalloc fault".

minor faults are the things that happen when a task does read-after-COW 
or read-mmap-ed-pagecache-page, and they very much go through 

vmalloc faults are extremely rare, x86-specific and they are a pure 
kernel-internal matter. (I'd never want to trace them, especially if it 
pushes tracepoints into every architecture's page fault handler. I 
implemented the initial version of them IIRC, but my memory fails 
precisely why. I think it was 4:4 related, but i'm unsure.)

(i now realize that above you said "in-kernel minor faults" - under that 
you meant vmalloc faults?)


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