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SubjectRe: RFC: patch for suspected shm swap problem
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> 
> Hi,
>
> On Thu, 22 Apr 1999 09:03:14 -0700 (PDT), kanoj@google.engr.sgi.com
> (Kanoj Sarcar) said:
>
> > I suspect the problem is that shm_swap bumps up swap_id to more
> > than max_shmid under some circumstances, leading the next call
> > to shm_swap to trip. Note that valid values of max_shmid are 0 ..
> > SHMMNI - 1, but shm_swap can leave swap_id set to SHMMNI.
>
> > MMU code maintainers, could you please review the patch and let
> > me know whether it is good
>
> Agreed: the patch looks correct.
>
> In particular, with the patch in place we are still protected against
> having max_shmid shrink between calls to shm_swap(): the worst that can
> happen is that we find an unused shm_seg which will get caught by the
> IPC_UNUSED test near the top of shm_swap. Only if the shm table is
> full, and so the swap_id overflow forces the next shm_segs[swap_id] to
> point to an entry not preinitialised to IPC_UNUSED or IPC_NOID, will
> there be a danger, and the patch makes sure that we never overstep that
> bound. (This probably explains why we haven't seen the problem before:
> were you allocating the maximum number of shm segments during the stress
> test?)

Yes ... my benchmark is so resource hungry that I had to end up also
bumping _SHM_ID_BITS to increase the number of shm segs, but that's
irrelevant.

Thanks.

Kanoj

>
> --Stephen
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> From: kanoj@google.engr.sgi.com (Kanoj Sarcar)
> Sender: owner-linux-kernel@vger.rutgers.edu
> To: Linux-MM@kvack.org, linux-kernel@vger.rutgers.edu
> Subject: RFC: patch for suspected shm swap problem
> Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 09:03:14 -0700 (PDT)
>
> Hi,
>
> While running some heavy stress on shm code, I took a panic in
> shm_swap coming out of do_try_to_free_pages in the context of
> non-kswapd processes. From the register display, I suspect the
> problem to be fixed by this patch:
>
> --- /usr/tmp/p_rdiff_a000PE/shm.c Tue Apr 20 16:07:02 1999
> +++ kern/ipc/shm.c Tue Apr 20 16:05:54 1999
> @@ -716,10 +716,10 @@
> next_id:
> swap_idx = 0;
> if (++swap_id > max_shmid) {
> + swap_id = 0;
> if (loop)
> goto failed;
> loop = 1;
> - swap_id = 0;
> }
> goto check_id;
> }
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