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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/5] mm, devm_memremap_pages: handle errors allocating final devres action
[ resend as the last attempt dropped all the cc's ]

On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 4:10 PM, Andrew Morton
<akpm@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> On Mon, 21 May 2018 15:35:24 -0700 Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com> wrote:
>
>> The last step before devm_memremap_pages() returns success is to
>> allocate a release action to tear the entire setup down. However, the
>> result from devm_add_action() is not checked.
>>
>> Checking the error also means that we need to handle the fact that the
>> percpu_ref may not be killed by the time devm_memremap_pages_release()
>> runs. Add a new state flag for this case.
>>
>> Cc: <stable@vger.kernel.org>
>> Fixes: e8d513483300 ("memremap: change devm_memremap_pages interface...")
>> Cc: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de>
>> Cc: "Jérôme Glisse" <jglisse@redhat.com>
>> Cc: Logan Gunthorpe <logang@deltatee.com>
>> Signed-off-by: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com>
>
> Why the cc:stable? The changelog doesn't describe the end-user-visible
> impact of the bug (it always should, for this reason).

True, I should have included that, one of these years I'll stop making
this mistake.

>
> AFAICT we only go wrong when a small GFP_KERNEL allocation fails
> (basically never happens), with undescribed results :(
>

Here's a better changelog:

---
The last step before devm_memremap_pages() returns success is to
allocate a release action to tear the entire setup down. However, the
result from devm_add_action() is not checked.

Checking the error also means that we need to handle the fact that the
percpu_ref may not be killed by the time devm_memremap_pages_release()
runs. Add a new state flag for this case.

Without this change we could fail to register the teardown of
devm_memremap_pages(). The likelihood of hitting this failure is tiny
as small memory allocations almost always succeed. However, the impact
of the failure is large given any future reconfiguration, or
disable/enable, of an nvdimm namespace will fail forever as subsequent
calls to devm_memremap_pages() will fail to setup the pgmap_radix
since there will be stale entries for the physical address range.

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