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SubjectRe: [PATCH] fbdefio: add set_page_dirty handler to deferred IO FB
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 07:02:45 +0100 Ian Campbell <ijc@hellion.org.uk> wrote:

> Fixes kernel BUG at lib/radix-tree.c:473.
>
> Previously the handler was incidentally provided by tmpfs but this was
> removed with:
>
> commit 14fcc23fdc78e9d32372553ccf21758a9bd56fa1
> Author: Hugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>
> Date: Mon Jul 28 15:46:19 2008 -0700
>
> tmpfs: fix kernel BUG in shmem_delete_inode
>
> relying on this behaviour was incorrect in any case and the BUG
> also appeared when the device node was on an ext3 filesystem.
>
> Signed-off-by: Ian Campbell <ijc@hellion.org.uk>
> Acked-by: Jaya Kumar <jayakumar.lkml@gmail.com>
> Acked-by: Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de>
> Acked-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>
> Cc: Jaya Kumar <jayakumar.lkml@gmail.com>
> Cc: Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de>
> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>
> Cc: Hugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>
> Cc: Johannes Weiner <hannes@saeurebad.de>
> Cc: Jeremy Fitzhardinge <jeremy@goop.org>
> Cc: Kel Modderman <kel@otaku42.de>
> Cc: Markus Armbruster <armbru@redhat.com>
> Cc: stable@vger.kernel.org [14fcc23fd is in 2.6.25.14 and 2.6.26.1]
> ---
> drivers/video/fb_defio.c | 12 ++++++++++++
> 1 files changed, 12 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/drivers/video/fb_defio.c b/drivers/video/fb_defio.c
> index 59df132..214bb7c 100644
> --- a/drivers/video/fb_defio.c
> +++ b/drivers/video/fb_defio.c
> @@ -114,11 +114,23 @@ static struct vm_operations_struct fb_deferred_io_vm_ops = {
> .page_mkwrite = fb_deferred_io_mkwrite,
> };
>
> +static int fb_deferred_io_set_page_dirty(struct page *page)
> +{
> + if (!PageDirty(page))
> + SetPageDirty(page);
> + return 0;
> +}

<searches, finds the thread. "kernel BUG at lib/radix-tree.c:473!">

Is there actually any benefit in setting these pages dirty? Or should
this be an empty function? I see claims in the above thread that this
driver uses PG_dirty for optimising writeback but I can't immediately
locate any code which actually does that.

> +static const struct address_space_operations fb_deferred_io_aops = {
> + .set_page_dirty = fb_deferred_io_set_page_dirty,
> +};
> +
> static int fb_deferred_io_mmap(struct fb_info *info, struct vm_area_struct *vma)
> {
> vma->vm_ops = &fb_deferred_io_vm_ops;
> vma->vm_flags |= ( VM_IO | VM_RESERVED | VM_DONTEXPAND );
> vma->vm_private_data = info;
> + vma->vm_file->f_mapping->a_ops = &fb_deferred_io_aops;
> return 0;
> }

Seems a bit odd to rewrite the address_space_operations at mmap()-time.
A filesystem will usually do this on the inode when it is first being
set up, when no other thread of control can be looking at it.

grep 'if .*[-]>a_ops' */*.c

and you'll see that lots of code assumes that a_ops doesn't get
swizzled around (to contain a bunch of NULL pointers!) under its feet.
Maybe none of those code paths are applicable to the /dev/fb0 inode,
but it would be painful to work out which paths _are_ applicable and to
verify that they're all safe wrt a_ops getting whisked away.

Rewriting page->mapping within the vm_operations_struct.fault handler
seems a bit suspect for similar reasons.

I suspect that we just shouldn't be pretending that this is a regular
anon/pagecache page to this extent. Maybe a suitable fix would be to
teach fb_deferred_io_fault() to instantiate the pte itself
(vm_insert_page()) and then return VM_FAULT_NOPAGE?

I assume there's a reason why we aren't VM_IO/VM_RESERVED/PG_reserved in
here.



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