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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] fs: introduce ST_HUGE flag and set it to tmpfs and hugetlbfs
On Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:08:13 +0800 Yang Shi <yang.shi@linux.alibaba.com> wrote:

> Since tmpfs THP was supported in 4.8, hugetlbfs is not the only
> filesystem with huge page support anymore. tmpfs can use huge page via
> THP when mounting by "huge=" mount option.
>
> When applications use huge page on hugetlbfs, it just need check the
> filesystem magic number, but it is not enough for tmpfs. So, introduce
> ST_HUGE flag to statfs if super block has SB_HUGE set which indicates
> huge page is supported on the specific filesystem.
>
> Some applications could benefit from this change, for example QEMU.
> When use mmap file as guest VM backend memory, QEMU typically mmap the
> file size plus one extra page. If the file is on hugetlbfs the extra
> page is huge page size (i.e. 2MB), but it is still 4KB on tmpfs even
> though THP is enabled. tmpfs THP requires VMA is huge page aligned, so
> if 4KB page is used THP will not be used at all. The below /proc/meminfo
> fragment shows the THP use of QEMU with 4K page:
>
> ShmemHugePages: 679936 kB
> ShmemPmdMapped: 0 kB
>
> With ST_HUGE flag, QEMU can get huge page, then /proc/meminfo looks
> like:
>
> ShmemHugePages: 77824 kB
> ShmemPmdMapped: 6144 kB
>
> With this flag, the applications can know if huge page is supported on
> the filesystem then optimize the behavior of the applications
> accordingly. Although the similar function can be implemented in
> applications by traversing the mount options, it looks more convenient
> if kernel can provide such flag.
>
> Even though ST_HUGE is set, f_bsize still returns 4KB for tmpfs since
> THP could be split, and it also my fallback to 4KB page silently if
> there is not enough huge page.
>
> And, set the flag for hugetlbfs as well to keep the consistency, and the
> applications don't have to know what filesystem is used to use huge
> page, just need to check ST_HUGE flag.
>

Patch is simple enough, although I'm having trouble forming an opinion
about it ;)

It will call for an update to the statfs(2) manpage. I'm not sure
which of linux-man@vger.kernel.org, mtk.manpages@gmail.com and
linux-api@vger.kernel.org is best for that, so I'd cc all three...

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