[-mm PATCH] Memory controller improve user interface

Balbir Singh balbir at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Wed Aug 29 15:27:07 PDT 2007

Dave Hansen 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.

True, mmap() is a good example of such an interface for developers, I
am not sure about system admins though.

To quote Andrew
Reporting tools could run getpagesize() and do the arithmetic, but we
generally try to avoid exposing PAGE_SIZE, HZ, etc to userspace in this

	Warm Regards,
	Balbir Singh
	Linux Technology Center

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