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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] fs: introduce ST_HUGE flag and set it to tmpfs and hugetlbfs

On 4/17/18 2:31 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:08:13 +0800 Yang Shi <> 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, and
> is best for that, so I'd cc all three...

Thanks, Andrew. Added cc to those 3 lists.

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