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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm/vmscan: fix unsequenced modification and access warning
On Wed 21-03-18 14:37:04, Nick Desaulniers wrote:
> Sorry to dig up an old thread but a coworker was asking about this
> patch. This is essentially the code that landed in commit
> f2f43e566a02a3bdde0a65e6a2e88d707c212a29 "mm/vmscan.c: fix unsequenced
> modification and access warning".
> Is .reclaim_idx still correct in the case of try_to_free_pages()?

Yes, it gets initialized from the given gfp_mask. sc.gfp_mask might be
sllightly different but that doesn't change the reclaim_idx because we
only drop __GFP_{FS,IO} which do not have any zone modification effects.

> It
> looks like reclaim_idx is based on the original gfp_mask in
> __node_reclaim(), but in try_to_free_pages() it looks like it may have
> been based on current_gfp_context()? (The sequencing is kind of
> ambiguous, thus fixed in my patch)
> Was there a bug in the original try_to_free_pages() pre commit
> f2f43e566a0, or is .reclaim_idx supposed to be different between
> try_to_free_pages() and __node_reclaim()?

I do not think there was any real bug.
Michal Hocko

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