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Subject[PATCH 0/2] mm/fs: put_user_page() proposal
From: John Hubbard <>


With respect to tracking get_user_pages*() pages with page->dma_pinned*
fields [1], I spent a few days retrofitting most of the get_user_pages*()
call sites, by adding calls to a new put_user_page() function, in place
of put_page(), where appropriate. This will work, but it's a large effort.

Design note: I didn't see anything that hinted at a way to fix this
problem, without actually changing all of the get_user_pages*() call sites,
so I think it's reasonable to start with that.

Anyway, it's still incomplete, but because this is a large, tree-wide
change (that will take some time and testing), I'd like to propose a plan,
before spamming zillions of people with put_user_page() conversion patches.
So I picked out the first two patches to show where this is going.

Proposed steps:

Step 1:

Start with the patches here, then continue with...dozens more.
This will eventually convert all of the call sites to use put_user_page().
This is easy in some places, but complex in others, such as:

-- drivers/gpu/drm/amd
-- bio
-- fuse
-- cifs
-- anything from:
git grep iov_iter_get_pages | cut -f1 -d ':' | sort | uniq

The easy ones can be grouped into a single patchset, perhaps, and the
complex ones probably each need a patchset, in order to get the in-depth
review they'll need.

Furthermore, some of these areas I hope to attract some help on, once
this starts going.

Step 2:

In parallel, tidy up the core patchset that was discussed in [1], (version
2 has already been reviewed, so I know what to do), and get it perfected
and reviewed. Don't apply it until step 1 is all done, though.

Step 3:

Activate refcounting of dma-pinned pages (essentially, patch #5, which is
[1]), but don't use it yet. Place a few WARN_ON_ONCE calls to start
mopping up any missed call sites.

Step 4:

After some soak time, actually connect it up (patch #6 of [1]) and start
taking action based on the new page->dma_pinned* fields.


or, the same thread on LKML if it's working for you:

John Hubbard (2):
mm: introduce put_user_page(), placeholder version
goldfish_pipe/mm: convert to the new put_user_page() call

drivers/platform/goldfish/goldfish_pipe.c | 6 +++---
include/linux/mm.h | 14 ++++++++++++++
2 files changed, 17 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)


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