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SubjectRe: [PATCH] __free_pages_ok oops
Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 07, 2002 at 02:28:44PM +0000, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> > On Thu, 7 Feb 2002, Rik van Riel wrote:
> > > On Thu, 7 Feb 2002, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> > > >
> > > > If this were a common case where many pages end up, yes, we'd
> > > > need a separate special list; but it's a very rare case
> > >
> > > Think of a web or ftp server doing nothing but sendfile()
> >
> > Aren't the sendfile() pages in the page cache, and normally taken
> > off LRU at the same time as removed from page cache, in shrink_cache?
> > The exception being when the file is truncated while it is being sent,
> > and buffers busy, so left behind on LRU by truncate_complete_page?
> the buffers will hold a reference on the page. So the pagecache is
> either in the LRU with refcount > 1, or the refcount is 1 and the page
> is not in the lru.
> In short Ben's patch was useless but it was faster and cleaner than what
> we had before with the special page_cache_release, and so it was good.
> Said it in another manner: we'll never effectively free a page that is
> in the LRU, unless it's an anonymous page (no brainer for
> sendpage/sendfile).

Good to hear. But what about the weird corner-case in truncate_complete_page(),
where a mapped page is not successfully released, and is converted into
an anon buffercache page? It seems that a combination of sendfile
and truncate could result in one of those pages being subject to
final release in BH context?

1: try_to_release_page() fails. It becomes a buffercache page.
2: vm runs try_to_release_page() again. This time it succeeds.
3: sendfile completes.

> Hugh's patch is definitely valid and it's a nice bugcheck to have, it
> should be merged IMHO (it's in a slow path), but there's no bug to fix I
> think, the bugcheck is paranoid-in-slow-path kind of thing.

It's looking more and more like we need that test.

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