mm: introduce delete_from_page_cache()
authorMinchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com>
Tue, 22 Mar 2011 23:30:53 +0000 (16:30 -0700)
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:44:02 +0000 (17:44 -0700)
commit97cecb5a254fec22d28ef32235d888bfbfd7c783
tree186c6bb9c1f999f807e2ec68dc6a0cf16c9d0d73
parentef6a3c63112e865d632ff7c478ba7c7160cad0d1
mm: introduce delete_from_page_cache()

Presently we increase the page refcount in add_to_page_cache() but don't
decrease it in remove_from_page_cache().  Such asymmetry adds confusion,
requiring that callers notice it and a comment explaining why they release
a page reference.  It's not a good API.

A long time ago, Hugh tried it (http://lkml.org/lkml/2004/10/24/140) but
gave up because reiser4's drop_page() had to unlock the page between
removing it from page cache and doing the page_cache_release().  But now
the situation is changed.  I think at least things in current mainline
don't have any obstacles.  The problem is for out-of-mainline filesystems
- if they have done such things as reiser4, this patch could be a problem
but they will discover this at compile time since we remove
remove_from_page_cache().

This patch:

This function works as just wrapper remove_from_page_cache().  The
difference is that it decreases page references in itself.  So caller have
to make sure it has a page reference before calling.

This patch is ready for removing remove_from_page_cache().

Signed-off-by: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com>
Cc: Christoph Hellwig <hch@infradead.org>
Acked-by: Hugh Dickins <hughd@google.com>
Acked-by: Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie>
Reviewed-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com>
Reviewed-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>
Reviewed-by: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com>
Cc: Edward Shishkin <edward.shishkin@gmail.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
include/linux/pagemap.h
mm/filemap.c