Memory management Interview questions


Total available count: 45
Subject - Operating System
Subsubject - Memory management

How the Kernel handles the copy on write bit of a page, when the bit is set?

In situations like, where the copy on write bit of a page is set and that page is shared by more than one process, the Kernel allocates new page and copies the content to the new page and the other processes retain their references to the old page. After copying the Kernel updates the page table entry with the new page number. Then Kernel decrements the reference count of the old pfdata table entry. 

 In cases like, where the copy on write bit is set and no processes are sharing the page, the Kernel allows the physical page to be reused by the processes. By doing so, it clears the copy on write bit and disassociates the page from its disk copy (if one exists), because other process may share the disk copy. Then it removes the pfdata table entry from the page-queue as the new copy of the virtual page is not on the swap device. It decrements the swap-use count for the page and if count drops to 0, frees the swap space.




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What do you mean by the protection fault?
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At what mode the fault handler executes?
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In what way the validity fault handler concludes?
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What are states that the page can be in, after causing a page fault?
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What does the swapping system do if it identifies the illegal page for swapping?