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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/6] mm: introduce page->dma_pinned_flags, _count
On Sun 14-10-18 10:01:24, Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 13, 2018 at 12:34:12AM -0700, John Hubbard wrote:
> > On 10/12/18 8:55 PM, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > > On Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 11:00:12PM -0700, john.hubbard@gmail.com wrote:
> > >> From: John Hubbard <jhubbard@nvidia.com>
> > [...]
> > >> diff --git a/include/linux/mm_types.h b/include/linux/mm_types.h
> > >> index 5ed8f6292a53..017ab82e36ca 100644
> > >> --- a/include/linux/mm_types.h
> > >> +++ b/include/linux/mm_types.h
> > >> @@ -78,12 +78,22 @@ struct page {
> > >> */
> > >> union {
> > >> struct { /* Page cache and anonymous pages */
> > >> - /**
> > >> - * @lru: Pageout list, eg. active_list protected by
> > >> - * zone_lru_lock. Sometimes used as a generic list
> > >> - * by the page owner.
> > >> - */
> > >> - struct list_head lru;
> > >> + union {
> > >> + /**
> > >> + * @lru: Pageout list, eg. active_list protected
> > >> + * by zone_lru_lock. Sometimes used as a
> > >> + * generic list by the page owner.
> > >> + */
> > >> + struct list_head lru;
> > >> + /* Used by get_user_pages*(). Pages may not be
> > >> + * on an LRU while these dma_pinned_* fields
> > >> + * are in use.
> > >> + */
> > >> + struct {
> > >> + unsigned long dma_pinned_flags;
> > >> + atomic_t dma_pinned_count;
> > >> + };
> > >> + };
> > >
> > > Isn't this broken for mapped file-backed pages? i.e. they may be
> > > passed as the user buffer to read/write direct IO and so the pages
> > > passed to gup will be on the active/inactive LRUs. hence I can't see
> > > how you can have dual use of the LRU list head like this....
> > >
> > > What am I missing here?
> >
> > Hi Dave,
> >
> > In patch 6/6, pin_page_for_dma(), which is called at the end of get_user_pages(),
> > unceremoniously rips the pages out of the LRU, as a prerequisite to using
> > either of the page->dma_pinned_* fields.
>
> How is that safe? If you've ripped the page out of the LRU, it's no
> longer being tracked by the page cache aging and reclaim algorithms.
> Patch 6 doesn't appear to put these pages back in the LRU, either,
> so it looks to me like this just dumps them on the ground after the
> gup reference is dropped. How do we reclaim these page cache pages
> when there is memory pressure if they aren't in the LRU?

Yeah, that's a bug in patch 6/6 (possibly in ClearPageDmaPinned). It should
return the page to the LRU from put_user_page().

Honza
--
Jan Kara <jack@suse.com>
SUSE Labs, CR

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