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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01 of 12] Core of mmu notifiers
On Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 08:17:34AM -0500, Robin Holt wrote:
> the first four sets. The fifth is the oversubscription test which trips
> my xpmem bug. This is as good as the v12 runs from before.

Now that mmu-notifier-core #v14 seems finished and hopefully will
appear in 2.6.26 ;), I started exercising more the kvm-mmu-notifier
code with the full patchset applied and not only with
mmu-notifier-core. I soon found the full patchset has a swap deadlock
bug. Then I tried without using kvm (so with mmu notifier disarmed)
and I could still reproduce the crashes. After grabbing a few stack
traces I tracked it down to a bug in the i_mmap_lock->i_mmap_sem
conversion. If you oversubscription means swapping, you should retest
with this applied on #v14 i_mmap_sem patch as it would eventually
deadlock with all tasks allocating memory in D state without this. Now
the full patchset is as rock solid as with only mmu-notifier-core
applied. It's swapping 2G memhog on top of a 3G VM with 2G of ram for
the last hours without a problem. Everything is working great with KVM
at least.

Talking about post 2.6.26: the refcount with rcu in the anon-vma
conversion seems unnecessary and may explain part of the AIM slowdown
too. The rest looks ok and probably we should switch the code to a
compile-time decision between rwlock and rwsem (so obsoleting the
current spinlock).

diff --git a/mm/rmap.c b/mm/rmap.c
--- a/mm/rmap.c
+++ b/mm/rmap.c
@@ -1008,7 +1008,7 @@ static int try_to_unmap_file(struct page
list_for_each_entry(vma, &mapping->i_mmap_nonlinear, shared.vm_set.list)
vma->vm_private_data = NULL;
- up_write(&mapping->i_mmap_sem);
+ up_read(&mapping->i_mmap_sem);
return ret;

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