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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/12] mm,migration: Take a reference to the anon_vma before migrating
On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 09:12:44AM +0900, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> On Thu, 18 Feb 2010 18:02:31 +0000
> Mel Gorman <> wrote:
> > rmap_walk_anon() does not use page_lock_anon_vma() for looking up and
> > locking an anon_vma and it does not appear to have sufficient locking to
> > ensure the anon_vma does not disappear from under it.
> >
> > This patch copies an approach used by KSM to take a reference on the
> > anon_vma while pages are being migrated. This should prevent rmap_walk()
> > running into nasty surprises later because anon_vma has been freed.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <>
> I have no objection to this direction. But after this patch, you can remove
> rcu_read_lock()/unlock() in unmap_and_move().
> ruc_read_lock() is for guarding against anon_vma replacement.

Thanks. I expected that would be the case but was going to leave at
least one kernel release between when compaction went in and I did that.

Mel Gorman
Part-time Phd Student Linux Technology Center
University of Limerick IBM Dublin Software Lab

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