On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 05:00:59PM +0300, Ilya Dogolazky wrote: > Hi, > > the attached patch is implementing a simple counter of memory pages used by > the kernel. > > This kernel memory consumption measuring device (/dev/kp0, major=239, minor=0) > is reporting (in decimal form, useful for shell scripts) the number of > physical memory pages used by the kernel itself. It is tested for ARM only, > but will probably work with some other architectures too. To enable it add the > line "pseudo-device pagecounter" to the config file and create the device node > (mknod /dev/kp0 c 239 0). > > Usage in a shell script: KERNEL_MEM=$(cat /dev/kp0) Heh, that's so Linux. We BSDers prefer sysctl for that kind of stuff. So I'd say it's the wrong approach for the interface (look at it that way: sysctl is one, maybe two syscalls, cat /dev/kp0 is at least 4). Now, for the counter itself; I'm not familiar enough with the VM to be completely affirmative, but your code looks to me like it's lacking some locking. I would say the best approach is to keep a counter of the PVF_KMPAGE pages are they are mapped and unmapped, and simply expose that counter through a sysctl. You probably won't even have to care about locking it as such allocation is likely to happen at splhigh() anyway. For all I know, such a counter might already exist, and it'd be just a matter of properly exposing it to userland. That said, I think that kind of information would be useful to have; I've heard people dealing with NKMEMPAGES troubles recently, and I don't how to monitor their consumption. Oh, and you you might prefer not copying the licence blob from just any other source file. Somehow I don't think you were writing this under DARPA contract in 1992. -- Quentin Garnier - cube%cubidou.net@localhost - cube%NetBSD.org@localhost "See the look on my face from staying too long in one place [...] every time the morning breaks I know I'm closer to falling" KT Tunstall, Saving My Face, Drastic Fantastic, 2007.
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