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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm/thp: Correctly differentiate between mapped THP and PMD migration entry

On 10/09/2018 06:34 PM, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 09, 2018 at 09:28:58AM +0530, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
>> A normal mapped THP page at PMD level should be correctly differentiated
>> from a PMD migration entry while walking the page table. A mapped THP would
>> additionally check positive for pmd_present() along with pmd_trans_huge()
>> as compared to a PMD migration entry. This just adds a new conditional test
>> differentiating the two while walking the page table.
>> Fixes: 616b8371539a6 ("mm: thp: enable thp migration in generic path")
>> Signed-off-by: Anshuman Khandual <>
>> ---
>> On X86, pmd_trans_huge() and is_pmd_migration_entry() are always mutually
>> exclusive which makes the current conditional block work for both mapped
>> and migration entries. This is not same with arm64 where pmd_trans_huge()
>> returns positive for both mapped and migration entries. Could some one
>> please explain why pmd_trans_huge() has to return false for migration
>> entries which just install swap bits and its still a PMD ?
> I guess it's just a design choice. Any reason why arm64 cannot do the
> same?
I think probably it can do. I am happy to look into these in detail what
will make pmd_trans_huge() return false on migration entries but it does
not quite sound like a right semantic at the moment.

>> Nonetheless pmd_present() seems to be a better check to distinguish
>> between mapped and (non-mapped non-present) migration entries without
>> any ambiguity.
> Can we instead reverse order of check:
> if (pmd_trans_huge(pmde) || is_pmd_migration_entry(pmde)) {
> pvmw->ptl = pmd_lock(mm, pvmw->pmd);
> if (!pmd_present(*pvmw->pmd)) {
> ...
> } else if (likely(pmd_trans_huge(*pvmw->pmd))) {
> ...
> } else {
> ...
> }
> ...
> This should cover both imeplementations of pmd_trans_huge().

Yeah it does cover and I have tested it first before proposing the current
patch. The only problem is that the order saves the code :) Having another
reasonable check like pmd_present() prevents it from being broken if the
code block moves around for some reason. But I am happy to do either way.

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