Alvaro Herrera <> writes:
> Tom Lane wrote:
>> According to
>> looking into /proc/meminfo is the longer-standing API and thus is
>> likely to work on more kernel versions.  Also, if you look into
>> /sys then you are going to see multiple possible values and it's
>> not clear how to choose the right one.

> I'm not sure that this is the best rationale.  In my system there are
> 2MB and 1GB huge page sizes; in systems with lots of memory (let's say 8
> GB of shared memory is requested) it seems a clear winner to allocate 8
> 1GB hugepages than 4096 2MB hugepages because the page table is so much
> smaller.  The /proc interface only shows the 2MB page size, so if we go
> that route we'd not be getting the full benefit of the feature.

And you'll tell mmap() which one to do how exactly?  I haven't found
anything explaining how applications get to choose which page size applies
to their request.  The kernel document says that /proc/meminfo reflects
the "default" size, and I'd assume that that's what we'll get from mmap.

                        regards, tom lane

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