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SubjectRe: [PATCH] z3fold: fix stale list handling
Hi Andrew,

2017-09-14 23:15 GMT+02:00 Andrew Morton <>:
> On Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:59:36 +0200 Vitaly Wool <> wrote:
>> Fix the situation when clear_bit() is called for page->private before
>> the page pointer is actually assigned. While at it, remove work_busy()
>> check because it is costly and does not give 100% guarantee anyway.
> Does this fix ? If
> so, the bugzilla references and a reported-by should be added.

I wish it did but it doesn't. The bug you are referring to happens
with the "unbuddied" list, and the current version of
z3fold_reclaim_page() just doesn't have that code.
This patch fixes the processing of "stale" lists, with stale lists
having been introduced with the per-CPU unbuddied lists patch, which
is pretty recent.
To fix, we'll have
to either backport per-CPU unbuddied lists plus the two fixes, or
propose a separate fix.

> What are the end-user visible effects of the bug? Please always
> include this info when fixing bugs.

If page is NULL, clear_bit for page->private will result in a kernel crash.

> Should this fix be backported into -stable kernels?

No, this patch fixes the code that is not in any released kernel yet.


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