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SubjectRe: BUG: about flush TLB during unmapping a page in memory subsystem
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From: "yunfeng zhang" <zyf.zeroos@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 10:47:49 +0800

> In rmap.c::try_to_unmap_one of 2.6.16.29, there are some code snippets
>
> .....
> /* Nuke the page table entry. */
> flush_cache_page(vma, address, page_to_pfn(page));
> pteval = ptep_clear_flush(vma, address, pte);
> // >>> The above line is expanded as below
> // >>> pte_t __pte;
> // >>> __pte = ptep_get_and_clear((__vma)->vm_mm, __address, __ptep);
> // >>> flush_tlb_page(__vma, __address);
> // >>> __pte;
>
> /* Move the dirty bit to the physical page now the pte is gone. */
> if (pte_dirty(pteval))
> set_page_dirty(page);
> .....
>
>
> It seems that they only can work on UP system.
>
> On SMP, let's suppose the pte was clean, after A CPU executed
> ptep_get_and_clear,
> B CPU makes the pte dirty, which will make a fatal error to A CPU since it gets
> a stale pte, isn't right?

B can't make it dirty because it's been cleared to zero
and flush_tlb_page() has removed the TLB cached copy of
the PTE. B can therefore only see the new cleared PTE.
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