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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 00/21] Generic page walk and ptdump
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On 24/07/2019 14:57, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Jul 2019, Steven Price wrote:
>> On 23/07/2019 11:16, Mark Rutland wrote:
>>> Are there any visible changes to the arm64 output?
>>
>> arm64 output shouldn't change. I've confirmed that "efi_page_tables" is
>> identical on a Juno before/after the change. "kernel_page_tables"
>> obviously will vary depending on the exact layout of memory, but the
>> format isn't changed.
>>
>> x86 output does change due to patch 14. In this case the change is
>> removing the lines from the output of the form...
>>
>>> 0xffffffff84800000-0xffffffffa0000000 440M pmd
>>
>> ...which are unpopulated areas of the memory map. Populated lines which
>> have attributes are unchanged.
>
> Having the hole size and the level in the dump is a very conveniant thing.
>
> Right now we have:
>
> 0xffffffffc0427000-0xffffffffc042b000 16K ro NX pte
> 0xffffffffc042b000-0xffffffffc042e000 12K RW NX pte
> 0xffffffffc042e000-0xffffffffc042f000 4K pte
> 0xffffffffc042f000-0xffffffffc0430000 4K ro x pte
> 0xffffffffc0430000-0xffffffffc0431000 4K ro NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0431000-0xffffffffc0433000 8K RW NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0433000-0xffffffffc0434000 4K pte
> 0xffffffffc0434000-0xffffffffc0436000 8K ro x pte
> 0xffffffffc0436000-0xffffffffc0438000 8K ro NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0438000-0xffffffffc043a000 8K RW NX pte
> 0xffffffffc043a000-0xffffffffc043f000 20K pte
> 0xffffffffc043f000-0xffffffffc0444000 20K ro x pte
> 0xffffffffc0444000-0xffffffffc0447000 12K ro NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0447000-0xffffffffc0449000 8K RW NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0449000-0xffffffffc044f000 24K pte
> 0xffffffffc044f000-0xffffffffc0450000 4K ro x pte
> 0xffffffffc0450000-0xffffffffc0451000 4K ro NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0451000-0xffffffffc0453000 8K RW NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0453000-0xffffffffc0458000 20K pte
> 0xffffffffc0458000-0xffffffffc0459000 4K ro x pte
> 0xffffffffc0459000-0xffffffffc045b000 8K ro NX pte
>
> with your change this becomes:
>
> 0xffffffffc0427000-0xffffffffc042b000 16K ro NX pte
> 0xffffffffc042b000-0xffffffffc042e000 12K RW NX pte
> 0xffffffffc042f000-0xffffffffc0430000 4K ro x pte
> 0xffffffffc0430000-0xffffffffc0431000 4K ro NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0431000-0xffffffffc0433000 8K RW NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0434000-0xffffffffc0436000 8K ro x pte
> 0xffffffffc0436000-0xffffffffc0438000 8K ro NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0438000-0xffffffffc043a000 8K RW NX pte
> 0xffffffffc043f000-0xffffffffc0444000 20K ro x pte
> 0xffffffffc0444000-0xffffffffc0447000 12K ro NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0447000-0xffffffffc0449000 8K RW NX pte
> 0xffffffffc044f000-0xffffffffc0450000 4K ro x pte
> 0xffffffffc0450000-0xffffffffc0451000 4K ro NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0451000-0xffffffffc0453000 8K RW NX pte
> 0xffffffffc0458000-0xffffffffc0459000 4K ro x pte
> 0xffffffffc0459000-0xffffffffc045b000 8K ro NX pte
>
> which is 5 lines less, but a pain to figure out the size of the holes. And
> it becomes even more painful when the holes go across different mapping
> levels.
>
> From your 14/N changelog:
>
>> This keeps the output shorter and will help with a future change
>
> I don't care about shorter at all. It's debug information.

Sorry, the "shorter" part was because Dave Hansen originally said[1]:
> I think I'd actually be OK with the holes just not showing up. I
> actually find it kinda hard to read sometimes with the holes in there.
> I'd be curious what others think though.

[1]
https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/5f354bf5-4ac8-d0e2-048c-0857c91a21e6@intel.com/

And I'd abbreviated "holes not showing up" as "shorter" in the commit
message - not the best wording I agree.

>> switching to using the generic page walk code as we no longer care about
>> the 'level' that the page table holes are at.
>
> I really do not understand why you think that WE no longer care about the
> level (and the size) of the holes. I assume that WE is pluralis majestatis
> and not meant to reflect the opinion of you and everyone else.

Again, I apologise - that was sloppy wording in the commit message. By
"we" I meant the code not any particular person. In my original patch[2]
the only use of the 'depth' argument to pte_hole was to report the level
for these debug lines. Removing those lines simplified the code and at
the time nobody raised any objections.

[2]
https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20190227170608.27963-28-steven.price@arm.com/

> I have no idea whether you ever had to do serious work with PT dump, but I
> surely have at various occasions including the PTI mess and I definitely
> found the size and the level information from holes very useful.

On arm64 we don't have those lines, but equally it's possible they might
be useful in the future. So this might be something to add.

As I said in a previous email[3] I was dropping the lines from the
output assuming nobody had any objections. Since you find these lines
useful, I'll see about reworking the change to retain the lines.

Steve

[3]
https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/26df02dd-c54e-ea91-bdd1-0a4aad3a30ac@arm.com/

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