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SubjectRe: [PATCH] fix bug introduced in "mm: simplify find_vma_prev()"


On Sun, 4 Mar 2012, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM, Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka@redhat.com> wrote:
> >
> > This patch fixes a bug introduced in "mm: simplify find_vma_prev()". You
> > can apply this, or alternatively revert the original patch.
>
> Hmm.
>
> I realize the patch is a bug-fix, but I do wonder if we shouldn't look
> at alternatives.
>
> In particular, how about we just change the rule to be clearer, and
> make the rule be:
>
> - no more find_vma_prev() AT ALL.
>
> - callers get turned into "find_vma()" and then we have a
> "vma_prev()", which basically does your thing.
>
> - many of the callers seem to be interested in "prev" *only* if they
> found a vma. For example, the do_mlock() kind of logic seems to be
> common:
>
> vma = find_vma_prev(current->mm, start, &prev);
> if (!vma || vma->vm_start > start)
> return -ENOMEM;
>
> which implies that the current find_vma_prev() semantics are really
> wrong, because they force us to do extra work in this case where we
> really really don't care about the result.
>
> So we could do an entirely mechanical conversion of
>
> vma = find_vma_prev(mm, address, &prev_vma);
>
> into
>
> vma = find_vma(mm, address);
> prev_vma = vma_prev(vma);
>
> and then after we've done that conversion, it looks like the bulk of
> them will not care about "prev_vma" if vma is NULL, so they can then
> be replaced with a pure
>
> prev_vma = vma->vm_prev;
>
> instead. Leaving just the (few) cases that may care about the
> "previous vma may be the last vma of the VM" case.
>
> Hmm? And we'd get away from that horrible "find_vma_prev()" interface
> that uses pointers to vma pointers for return values. Ugh. There only
> seems to be nine callers in the whole kernel.
>
> Linus

You can try this to remove most users of find_vma_prev (only three are
left --- those dealing with up-growing stack). But the patch should be
delayed until the next merge window.

Mikulas

---

mm: don't use find_vma_prev

Convert find_vma_prev callers to use find_vma. As we have vma->vm_prev field,
we no longer need to use find_vma_prev, we can use find_vma instead.

find_vma_prev is used only in cases where address may be above all existing
vmas and we need the last vma (it is returned in pprev pointer).

Signed-off-by: Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka@redhat.com>

---
arch/tile/mm/hugetlbpage.c | 4 +++-
arch/x86/mm/hugetlbpage.c | 4 +++-
mm/madvise.c | 10 +++++++---
mm/mempolicy.c | 4 +++-
mm/mlock.c | 4 +++-
mm/mprotect.c | 4 +++-
6 files changed, 22 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)

Index: linux-3.3-rc6-fast/arch/tile/mm/hugetlbpage.c
===================================================================
--- linux-3.3-rc6-fast.orig/arch/tile/mm/hugetlbpage.c 2012-03-06 19:04:45.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-3.3-rc6-fast/arch/tile/mm/hugetlbpage.c 2012-03-06 19:05:05.000000000 +0100
@@ -226,12 +226,14 @@ try_again:
* Lookup failure means no vma is above this address,
* i.e. return with success:
*/
- vma = find_vma_prev(mm, addr, &prev_vma);
+ vma = find_vma(mm, addr);
if (!vma) {
return addr;
break;
}

+ prev_vma = vma->vm_prev;
+
/*
* new region fits between prev_vma->vm_end and
* vma->vm_start, use it:
Index: linux-3.3-rc6-fast/arch/x86/mm/hugetlbpage.c
===================================================================
--- linux-3.3-rc6-fast.orig/arch/x86/mm/hugetlbpage.c 2012-03-06 19:02:56.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-3.3-rc6-fast/arch/x86/mm/hugetlbpage.c 2012-03-06 19:04:10.000000000 +0100
@@ -333,9 +333,11 @@ try_again:
* Lookup failure means no vma is above this address,
* i.e. return with success:
*/
- if (!(vma = find_vma_prev(mm, addr, &prev_vma)))
+ if (!(vma = find_vma(mm, addr)))
return addr;

+ prev_vma = vma->vm_prev;
+
/*
* new region fits between prev_vma->vm_end and
* vma->vm_start, use it:
Index: linux-3.3-rc6-fast/mm/madvise.c
===================================================================
--- linux-3.3-rc6-fast.orig/mm/madvise.c 2012-03-06 19:06:04.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-3.3-rc6-fast/mm/madvise.c 2012-03-06 19:07:21.000000000 +0100
@@ -385,9 +385,13 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE3(madvise, unsigned long,
* ranges, just ignore them, but return -ENOMEM at the end.
* - different from the way of handling in mlock etc.
*/
- vma = find_vma_prev(current->mm, start, &prev);
- if (vma && start > vma->vm_start)
- prev = vma;
+ vma = find_vma(current->mm, start);
+ if (vma) {
+ if (start > vma->vm_start)
+ prev = vma;
+ else
+ prev = vma->vm_prev;
+ }

for (;;) {
/* Still start < end. */
Index: linux-3.3-rc6-fast/mm/mempolicy.c
===================================================================
--- linux-3.3-rc6-fast.orig/mm/mempolicy.c 2012-03-06 19:05:38.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-3.3-rc6-fast/mm/mempolicy.c 2012-03-06 19:05:58.000000000 +0100
@@ -640,10 +640,12 @@ static int mbind_range(struct mm_struct
unsigned long vmstart;
unsigned long vmend;

- vma = find_vma_prev(mm, start, &prev);
+ vma = find_vma(mm, start);
if (!vma || vma->vm_start > start)
return -EFAULT;

+ prev = vma->vm_prev;
+
if (start > vma->vm_start)
prev = vma;

Index: linux-3.3-rc6-fast/mm/mlock.c
===================================================================
--- linux-3.3-rc6-fast.orig/mm/mlock.c 2012-03-06 19:07:27.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-3.3-rc6-fast/mm/mlock.c 2012-03-06 19:07:50.000000000 +0100
@@ -385,12 +385,14 @@ static int do_mlock(unsigned long start,
return -EINVAL;
if (end == start)
return 0;
- vma = find_vma_prev(current->mm, start, &prev);
+ vma = find_vma(current->mm, start);
if (!vma || vma->vm_start > start)
return -ENOMEM;

if (start > vma->vm_start)
prev = vma;
+ else
+ prev = vma->vm_prev;

for (nstart = start ; ; ) {
vm_flags_t newflags;
Index: linux-3.3-rc6-fast/mm/mprotect.c
===================================================================
--- linux-3.3-rc6-fast.orig/mm/mprotect.c 2012-03-06 19:07:57.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-3.3-rc6-fast/mm/mprotect.c 2012-03-06 19:08:37.000000000 +0100
@@ -262,7 +262,7 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE3(mprotect, unsigned long,

down_write(&current->mm->mmap_sem);

- vma = find_vma_prev(current->mm, start, &prev);
+ vma = find_vma(current->mm, start);
error = -ENOMEM;
if (!vma)
goto out;
@@ -286,6 +286,8 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE3(mprotect, unsigned long,
}
if (start > vma->vm_start)
prev = vma;
+ else
+ prev = vma->vm_prev;

for (nstart = start ; ; ) {
unsigned long newflags;

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