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SubjectRe: pagefault_disable (was Re: [patch 6/6] mm: fix pagecache write deadlocks)
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On Tue, 2006-10-17 at 01:24 +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
> (trimming cc list)
>
> Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Sun, 2006-10-15 at 17:57 +0200, Nick Piggin wrote:
>
> >>Hmm, but you may not be doing a copy*user within the kmap. And you may
> >>want an atomic copy*user not within a kmap (maybe).
> >>
> >>I think it really would be more logical to do it in a wrapper function
> >>pagefault_disable() pagefault_enable()? ;)
> >
> >
> > I did that one first, but then noticed that most non trivial kmap_atomic
> > implementations already did the inc_preempt_count()/dec_preempt_count()
> > thing (except frv which did preempt_disable()/preempt_enable() ?)
> >
> > Anyway, here goes:
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>
>
> I think this is a good approach. The missed preempt checks could easily
> have been causing scheduling delays because the usercopy can take up a
> lot of kernel time.
>
> I don't know that the function should go in filemap.h... uaccess.h seems
> more appropriate, and had thought the pagefault_disable() be calle
> directly from within the copy_*_user_inatomic functions themselves, not
> the filemap helper.
>
> Also, the rest of the kernel tree (mainly uaccess and futexes) should be
> converted ;)

Yeah, lotsa places to touch.

> > Index: linux-2.6/mm/filemap.h
> > ===================================================================
> > --- linux-2.6.orig/mm/filemap.h 2006-10-14 20:20:20.000000000 +0200
> > +++ linux-2.6/mm/filemap.h 2006-10-15 17:17:45.000000000 +0200
> > @@ -21,6 +21,22 @@ __filemap_copy_from_user_iovec_inatomic(
> > size_t bytes);
> >
> > /*
> > + * By increasing the preempt_count we make sure the arch preempt
> > + * handler bails out early, before taking any locks, so that the copy
> > + * operation gets terminated early.
> > + */
> > +pagefault_static inline void disable(void)
> > +{
> > + inc_preempt_count();

I think we also need a barrier(); here. We need to make sure the preempt
count is written to memory before we hit the fault handler.

> > +}
> > +
> > +pagefault_static inline void enable(void)
> > +{
> > + dec_preempt_count();
> > + preempt_check_resched();
> > +}
>
> Interesting prototype ;)

Bah, sed magic gone awry ;-(

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