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SubjectRe: [PATCH] [13/16] HWPOISON: The high level memory error handler in the VM v3
On Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 02:00:42PM +0200, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 01, 2009 at 01:50:46PM +0200, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > > > Another major complexity is on calling the isolation routines to
> > > > remove references from
> > > > - PTE
> > > > - page cache
> > > > - swap cache
> > > > - LRU list
> > > > They more or less made some assumptions on their operating environment
> > > > that we have to take care of. Unfortunately these complexities are
> > > > also not easily resolvable.
> > > >
> > > > > (and few comments) of all the files in mm/. If you want to get rid
> > > >
> > > > I promise I'll add more comments :)
> > >
> > > OK, but they should still go in their relevant files. Or as best as
> > > possible. Right now it's just silly to have all this here when much
> > > of it could be moved out to filemap.c, swap_state.c, page_alloc.c, etc.
> >
> > Can you be more specific what that "all this" is?
>
> The functions which take action in response to a bad page being
> detected. They belong with the subsystem that the page belongs
> to. I'm amazed this is causing so much argument or confusion
> because it is how the rest of mm/ code is arranged. OK, Hugh has
> a point about ifdefs, but OTOH we have lots of ifdefs like this.

Well we're already calling into that subsystem, just not with
a single function call.

> > > > > of the page and don't care what it's count or dirtyness is, then
> > > > > truncate_inode_pages_range is the correct API to use.
> > > > >
> > > > > (or you could extract out some of it so you can call it directly on
> > > > > individual locked pages, if that helps).
> > > >
> > > > The patch to move over to truncate_complete_page() would like this.
> > > > It's not a big win indeed.
> > >
> > > No I don't mean to do this, but to move the truncate_inode_pages
> > > code for truncating a single, locked, page into another function
> > > in mm/truncate.c and then call that from here.
> >
> > I took a look at that. First there's no direct equivalent of
> > me_pagecache_clean/dirty in truncate.c and to be honest I don't
> > see a clean way to refactor any of the existing functions to
> > do the same.
>
> With all that writing you could have just done it. It's really

I would have done it if it made sense to me, but so far it hasn't.

The problem with your suggestion is that you do the big picture,
but seem to skip over a lot of details. But details matter.

> not a big deal and just avoids duplicating code. I attached an
> (untested) patch.

Thanks. But the function in the patch is not doing the same what
the me_pagecache_clean/dirty are doing. For once there is no error
checking, as in the second try_to_release_page()

Then it doesn't do all the IO error and missing mapping handling.

The page_mapped() check is useless because the pages are not
mapped here etc.

We could probably call truncate_complete_page(), but then
we would also need to duplicate most of the checking outside
the function anyways and there wouldn't be any possibility
to share the clean/dirty variants. If you insist I can
do it, but I think it would be significantly worse code
than before and I'm reluctant to do that.

I don't also really see what the big deal is of just
calling these few functions directly. After all we're not
truncating here and they're all already called from other files.

> > > No, it seems rather insane to do something like this here that no other
> > > code in the mm ever does.
> >
> > Just because the rest of the VM doesn't do it doesn't mean it might make sense.
>
> It is going to be possible to do it somehow surely, but it is insane
> to try to add such constraints to the VM to close a few small windows

We don't know currently if they are small. If they are small I would
agree with you, but that needs numbers. That said fancy writeback handling
is currently not on my agenda.

> if you already have other large ones.

That's unclear too.

-Andi



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