Pre-populating anonymous pages

By: Travis Downs (travis.downs.delete@this.gmail.com), June 6, 2019 6:59 am
Room: Moderated Discussions
Foo_ (foo.delete@this.nomail.com) on June 6, 2019 12:30 am wrote:
> Travis Downs (travis.downs.delete@this.gmail.com) on June 5, 2019 4:48 pm wrote:
> > Maybe it's a bit OT for this forum, but hey I figure it can't be worse than Ireland spam, right?
> >
> > On Linux, given a mapped-but-probably-not-populated anonymous region
> > of memory, is there any way to ask the kernel to populate it?
>
> How about madvise(..., MADV_WILLNEED)? Am I misunderstanding your intent?

I had already tried it, but it seems to do nothing for anonymous pages. If you read between the lines of the man page, this advice (and related ones like MADV_SEQUENTIAL) seem to be targeted to file-backed pages, and are there to tune the readahead behavior for such pages. For anonymous pages there is no readahead, so I guess that's why it does nothing.

I agree it would be nice if this mapped the pages though.
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        Pre-populating anonymous pagesTravis Downs2019/06/06 09:02 AM
  Pre-populating anonymous pagesLinus Torvalds2019/06/06 11:01 AM
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        Pre-populating anonymous pagesLinus Torvalds2019/06/08 11:43 AM
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            Pre-populating anonymous pagesLinus Torvalds2019/06/10 11:20 AM
          Pre-populating anonymous pagesTravis Downs2019/06/17 09:18 AM
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