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SubjectRe: [PATCH] proc: pagemap: Hold mmap_sem during page walk
On Wed, 2010-03-31 at 18:33 -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, 31 Mar 2010, Matt Mackall wrote:
> >
> > Linus, I must say your charm has really worn thin. I've just stuck a
> > post-it on my monitor saying "don't be Linus" to remind me not to be
> > rude to my contributors.
> You didn't actually answer the problem, though.
> I'm rude, because I think the code is buggy.

And what does that achieve? I've got plenty of other work I could be
doing where people are nice to me when asking me to fix bugs.

> I pointed out how, and why I
> think it's pretty fundamental. You quoted it, but you didn't answer it.

Yes, I was muddling the distinction between pinned in page cache and
pinned in the mm, and you've just now re-clarified it for me. So I'll
agree the current code is bogus.

> So Matt, please actually address the _bug_ I pointed out rather than talk
> about other things. And yes, getting rid of the vma accesses sounds like
> it would fix it best. If that means that it doesn't work for hugepages, so
> be it.

That'd actually take us back to where it was when it hit mainline, which
would make a lot of people unhappy. I wouldn't be one of them as there
thankfully aren't any huge pages in my world. But I'm convinced
put_user() must go. In which case, get_user_pages() stays, and I've got
to switch things to direct physical page access into that array.

Even if I fix that, I believe San's original bug can still be triggered
though, as all the new callers to find_vma are run outside of the
target's mm_sem. Fixing that should be reasonably straight-forward.

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