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SubjectRe: mremap sleeping in incorrect context
Benjamin Herrenschmidt <> wrote:
> > oops. What are your CONFIG_HIGHMEM and CONFIG_HIGHPTE settings there?
> this is on ppc32, HIGHPTE doesn't exist, HIGHMEM is enabled (1Gb of
> RAM)

OK, thanks. Seems that I made a little bug. This should fix it. With a
changelog like this, it _has_ to be right ;)

move_one_page() is awkward. It grabs an atomic_kmap of the source pte
(because it needs to know if there's really a page there) and then it needs
to allocate a pte for the dest. But it cannot allocate the dest pte while
holding the src's atomic kmap.

So it performs this little dance peeking at pagetables to predict if
alloc_one_pte_map() might need to perform a pte page allocation.

When I wrote this code I made it conditional on CONFIG_HIGHPTE. But that was
bogus: even in the !CONFIG_HIGHPTE case, get_one_pte_map_nested() will run
atomic_kmap() against the pte page, which disables preemption.

Net effect: with CONFIG_HIGHMEM && !CONFIG_HIGHPTE we can end up performing a
GFP_KERNEL pte page allocation while preemption is disabled. It triggers a
might_sleep() warning and indeed is buggy.

So the patch removes the conditionality: even in the !CONFIG_HIGHPTE case we
still do the pagetable peek and drop the kmap if necessary.

(Arguably, we shouldn't be performing the atomic_kmap() at all if
!CONFIG_HIGHPTE: all it does is a pointless preemption disable).

(Arguably, kmap_atomic() should not be disabling preemption if the target
page is not highmem. But we're doing it anyway at present for consistency
(ie: debug coverage) and because the filemap.c pagecache copying functions
rely on kmap_atomic() disabling do_no_page() for all pages: see
do_no_page()'s use of in_atomic()).

25-akpm/mm/mremap.c | 4 ----
1 files changed, 4 deletions(-)

diff -puN mm/mremap.c~mremap-atomicity-fix mm/mremap.c
--- 25/mm/mremap.c~mremap-atomicity-fix Thu Jul 31 14:37:05 2003
+++ 25-akpm/mm/mremap.c Thu Jul 31 14:37:15 2003
@@ -56,7 +56,6 @@ end:
return pte;

-#ifdef CONFIG_HIGHPTE /* Save a few cycles on the sane machines */
static inline int page_table_present(struct mm_struct *mm, unsigned long addr)
pgd_t *pgd;
@@ -68,9 +67,6 @@ static inline int page_table_present(str
pmd = pmd_offset(pgd, addr);
return pmd_present(*pmd);
-#define page_table_present(mm, addr) (1)

static inline pte_t *alloc_one_pte_map(struct mm_struct *mm, unsigned long addr)

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