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SubjectRe: Linux 2.6.26-rc7

On Sun, 22 Jun 2008, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Hmm. Can you see which part of it broke? Was it the "fix XIP" part ot the
> ZERO_PAGE part? The easiest way to test is to apply this patch, and see
> (it just disables the XIP part of fix)

Side note: considering what the patch fixes, I don't actually think we can
undo it. But there's a possibility that we've actually uncovered an old
bug that just was very unusual before, because the FOLL_ANON code was much
harder to trigger before that patch (it only triggered if you didn't have
a page table fully set up - now it triggers for even just a single missing
page rather than a whole page table).

And I do see something pretty iffy in the logic for whether it can use
FOLL_ANON or not - it had a nonsensical test for VM_LOCKED (which makes no
sense at all), and it had never been taught about the ->nopfn() way of
filling page tables.

So assuming it's not the XIP fix, you could try this patch instead. It
replaces the (insane) use of VM_LOCKED with VM_SHARED (which is a lot more
meaningful for the case of ZERO_PAGE, but strictly speaking probably
doesn't matter either), and it teaches it about the fact that
non-anonymous pages can be populated not just with the "->fault" handler,
but with "->nopfn" too.

I really don't think it's due to this (nobody sane really uses '->nopfn'),
but if the XIP disabling patch doesn't make a difference, give it a try.

(Most of the patch is obviously the fact that I moved the conditionals
into a helper inline function to make the dang thing more readable). The
actual change is trivial.


mm/memory.c | 12 ++++++++++--
1 files changed, 10 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/mm/memory.c b/mm/memory.c
index 9aefaae..8c5675f 100644
--- a/mm/memory.c
+++ b/mm/memory.c
@@ -1045,6 +1045,15 @@ no_page_table:
return page;

+/* Can we do the FOLL_ANON optimization? */
+static inline int use_zero_page(struct vm_area_struct *vma)
+ if (vma->vm_flags & VM_SHARED)
+ return 0;
+ return !vma->vm_ops ||
+ (!vma->vm_ops->fault && !vma->vm_ops->nopfn);
int get_user_pages(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm,
unsigned long start, int len, int write, int force,
struct page **pages, struct vm_area_struct **vmas)
@@ -1119,8 +1128,7 @@ int get_user_pages(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm,
foll_flags = FOLL_TOUCH;
if (pages)
foll_flags |= FOLL_GET;
- if (!write && !(vma->vm_flags & VM_LOCKED) &&
- (!vma->vm_ops || !vma->vm_ops->fault))
+ if (!write && use_zero_page(vma))
foll_flags |= FOLL_ANON;

do {

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