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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: hold mm->page_table_lock while doing vmalloc_sync
On Thu, Feb 03, 2011 at 12:44:02PM -0800, Jeremy Fitzhardinge wrote:
> On 02/02/2011 06:48 PM, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > Larry (CC'ed) found a problem with the patch in subject. When
> > USE_SPLIT_PTLOCKS is not defined (NR_CPUS == 2) it will deadlock in
> > ptep_clear_flush_notify in rmap.c because it's sending IPIs with the
> > page_table_lock already held, and the other CPUs now spins on the
> > page_table_lock with irq disabled, so the IPI never runs. With
> > CONFIG_TRANSPARENT_HUGEPAGE=y this deadlocks happens even with
> > USE_SPLIT_PTLOCKS defined so it become visible but it needs to be
> > fixed regardless (for NR_CPUS == 2).
> What's "it" here? Do you mean vmalloc_sync_all? vmalloc_sync_one?
> What's the callchain?

Larry just answered to that. If something is unclear let me know. I
never reproduced it, but it also can happen without THP enabled, you
just need to set NR_CPUS to 2 during "make menuconfig".

> > spin_lock_irqsave(pgd_lock) so I guess it's either common code, or
> > it's superfluous and not another Xen special requirement.
> There's no special Xen requirement here.

That was my thought too considering the other archs...

> mmdrop() can be called from interrupt context, but I don't know if it
> will ever drop the last reference from interrupt, so maybe you can get
> away with it.

Yes the issue is __mmdrop, so it'd be nice to figure if __mmdrop can
also run from irq (or only mmdrop fast path which would be safe even
without _irqsave).

Is this a Xen only thing? Or is mmdrop called from regular
linux. Considering other archs also _irqsave I assume it's common code
calling mmdrop (otherwise it means they cut-and-pasted a Xen
dependency). This comment doesn't really tell me much.

static void pgd_dtor(pgd_t *pgd)
unsigned long flags; /* can be called from interrupt context */



This comment tells the very __mmdrop can be called from irq context,
not just mmdrop. But I didn't find where yet... Can you tell me?

> > @@ -247,7 +248,7 @@ void vmalloc_sync_all(void)
> > if (!ret)
> > break;
> > }
> > - spin_unlock_irqrestore(&pgd_lock, flags);
> > + spin_unlock(&pgd_lock, flags);
> Urp. Did this compile?

Yes it builds and it also runs fine still (I left it running since I
posted the email and no problems yet, but this may not be reproducible
and we really need to know who calls __mmdrop from irq context to
tell). The above is under CONFIG_X86_32 and I did a 64bit build ;).

I'm not reposting a version that builds for 32bit x86 too until we
figure out the mmdrop thing...


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