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SubjectRe: [PATCH -v2] rmap: make anon_vma_prepare link in all the anon_vmas of a mergeable VMA
On 04/11/2010 01:16 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> NOTE! If this is the race, then the hack really is just a hack, because it
> doesn't really solve anything. We still take the spinlock, and if bad
> things has happened, _that_ can still very much fail, and you get the
> watchdog lockup message instead. So this doesn't really fix anything.

Looking around the code some more, zap_pte_range()
calls page_remove_rmap(), which leaves the
page->mapping in place and has this comment:

* It would be tidy to reset the PageAnon mapping here,
* but that might overwrite a racing page_add_anon_rmap
* which increments mapcount after us but sets mapping
* before us: so leave the reset to free_hot_cold_page,
* and remember that it's only reliable while mapped.
* Leaving it set also helps swapoff to reinstate ptes
* faster for those pages still in swapcache.

I wonder if we can clear page->mapping here, if
list_is_singular(anon_vma->head). That way we
will not leave stale pointers behind.

Adding another VMA to the anon_vma can happen
at fork time - which will not happen simultaneously
with exit or munmap, because the mmap_sem is taken
for write during either code path.

Am I overlooking something here?

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