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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mmu notifiers #v2
On Sun, 13 Jan 2008, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

> About the locking perhaps I'm underestimating it, but by following the
> TLB flushing analogy, by simply clearing the shadow ptes (with kvm
> mmu_lock spinlock to avoid racing with other vcpu spte accesses of
> course) and flushing the shadow-pte after clearing the main linux pte,
> it should be enough to serialize against shadow-pte page faults that
> would call into get_user_pages. Flushing the host TLB before or after
> the shadow-ptes shouldn't matter.

Hmmm... In most of the callsites we hold a writelock on mmap_sem right?

> Comments welcome... especially from SGI/IBM/Quadrics and all other
> potential users of this functionality.

> There are also certain details I'm uncertain about, like passing 'mm'
> to the lowlevel methods, my KVM usage of the invalidate_page()
> notifier for example only uses 'mm' for a BUG_ON for example:

Passing mm is fine as long as mmap_sem is held.

> diff --git a/include/asm-generic/pgtable.h b/include/asm-generic/pgtable.h
> --- a/include/asm-generic/pgtable.h
> +++ b/include/asm-generic/pgtable.h
> @@ -86,6 +86,7 @@ do { \
> pte_t __pte; \
> __pte = ptep_get_and_clear((__vma)->vm_mm, __address, __ptep); \
> flush_tlb_page(__vma, __address); \
> + mmu_notifier(invalidate_page, (__vma)->vm_mm, __address); \
> __pte; \
> })
> #endif

Hmmm... this is ptep_clear_flush? What about the other uses of
flush_tlb_page in asm-generic/pgtable.h and related uses in arch code?
(would help if your patches would mention the function name in the diff
headers)

> +#define mmu_notifier(function, mm, args...) \
> + do { \
> + struct mmu_notifier *__mn; \
> + struct hlist_node *__n; \
> + \
> + hlist_for_each_entry(__mn, __n, &(mm)->mmu_notifier, hlist) \
> + if (__mn->ops->function) \
> + __mn->ops->function(__mn, mm, args); \
> + } while (0)

Does this have to be inline? ptep_clear_flush will become quite big


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