[-mm PATCH] Memory controller improve user interface

Paul Menage menage at google.com
Wed Aug 29 15:20:09 PDT 2007

On 8/29/07, Dave Hansen <haveblue at us.ibm.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-08-30 at 03:34 +0530, Balbir Singh wrote:
> > I've thought about this before. The problem is that a user could
> > set his limit to 10000 bytes, but would then see the usage and
> > limit round to the closest page boundary. This can be confusing
> > to a user.
> True, but we're lying if we allow a user to set their limit there,
> because we can't actually enforce a limit at 8,192 bytes vs 10,000.
> They're the same limit as far as the kernel is concerned.
> Why not just -EINVAL if the value isn't page-aligned?  There are plenty
> of interfaces in the kernel that require userspace to know the page
> size, so this shouldn't be too difficult.

I'd argue that having the user's specified limit be truncated to the
page size is less confusing than giving an EINVAL if it's not page


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