Subject: Re: CVS commit: syssrc/sys/arch/arm/arm32
To: Richard Earnshaw <email@example.com>
From: Jason R Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/18/2001 10:15:14
On Thu, Oct 18, 2001 at 07:50:31PM +0300, Richard Earnshaw wrote:
> However, even with this step having more than a small number of
> processes searching for a L1 pt can still be enough to bring the system
> down, since they all run at high priority and sleep for very little time,
> thus blocking out user code from completing. So implement an exponential
> backoff when waiting for a page table, so that we don't hog the CPU when
> memory is scarce.
This is a good improvement, but...
The pmap isn't really supposed to be sleeping -- there could be locks
held by the caller (UVM). The fact that other pmaps currently sleep
is not meant to suggest that such behavior is correct :-) I should
probably clarify this in the pmap(9) manual page.
The right thing to do is to return an error to the caller of pmap_enter()
if PMAP_CANFAIL is set in the flags argument. The caller will then unlock
and wait for more memory.
-- Jason R. Thorpe <email@example.com>