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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] Add proc interface to set PF_MEMALLOC flags
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On 10.09.2019 10:35 Damien Le Moal wrote:
> Mike,
>
> On 2019/09/09 19:26, Mike Christie wrote:
>> Forgot to cc linux-mm.
>>
>> On 09/09/2019 11:28 AM, Mike Christie wrote:
>>> There are several storage drivers like dm-multipath, iscsi, and nbd that
>>> have userspace components that can run in the IO path. For example,
>>> iscsi and nbd's userspace deamons may need to recreate a socket and/or
>>> send IO on it, and dm-multipath's daemon multipathd may need to send IO
>>> to figure out the state of paths and re-set them up.
>>>
>>> In the kernel these drivers have access to GFP_NOIO/GFP_NOFS and the
>>> memalloc_*_save/restore functions to control the allocation behavior,
>>> but for userspace we would end up hitting a allocation that ended up
>>> writing data back to the same device we are trying to allocate for.
>>>
>>> This patch allows the userspace deamon to set the PF_MEMALLOC* flags
>>> through procfs. It currently only supports PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO, but
>>> depending on what other drivers and userspace file systems need, for
>>> the final version I can add the other flags for that file or do a file
>>> per flag or just do a memalloc_noio file.
> Awesome. That probably will be the perfect solution for the problem we hit with
> tcmu-runner a while back (please see this thread:
> https://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-fsdevel/msg148912.html).
>
> I think we definitely need nofs as well for dealing with cases where the backend
> storage for the user daemon is a file.
>
> I will give this patch a try as soon as possible (I am traveling currently).
>
> Best regards.
I had issues with this as well, and work on this is appreciated! In my
case it is a loop block device on a fuse file system.

Setting PF_LESS_THROTTLE was the one that helped the most, though, so
add an option for that as well? I set this via prctl() for the thread
calling it (was easiest to add to).

Sorry, I have no idea about the current rationale, but wouldn't it be
better to have a way to mask a set of block devices/file systems not to
write-back to in a thread. So in my case I'd specify that the fuse
daemon threads cannot write-back to the file system and loop device
running on top of the fuse file system, while all other block
devices/file systems can be write-back to (causing less swapping/OOM
issues).

>
>>> Signed-off-by: Mike Christie <mchristi@redhat.com>
>>> ---
>>> Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt | 6 ++++
>>> fs/proc/base.c | 53 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>> 2 files changed, 59 insertions(+)
>>>
>>> diff --git a/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt b/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
>>> index 99ca040e3f90..b5456a61a013 100644
>>> --- a/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
>>> +++ b/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
>>> @@ -46,6 +46,7 @@ Table of Contents
>>> 3.10 /proc/<pid>/timerslack_ns - Task timerslack value
>>> 3.11 /proc/<pid>/patch_state - Livepatch patch operation state
>>> 3.12 /proc/<pid>/arch_status - Task architecture specific information
>>> + 3.13 /proc/<pid>/memalloc - Control task's memory reclaim behavior
>>>
>>> 4 Configuring procfs
>>> 4.1 Mount options
>>> @@ -1980,6 +1981,11 @@ Example
>>> $ cat /proc/6753/arch_status
>>> AVX512_elapsed_ms: 8
>>>
>>> +3.13 /proc/<pid>/memalloc - Control task's memory reclaim behavior
>>> +-----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>> +A value of "noio" indicates that when a task allocates memory it will not
>>> +reclaim memory that requires starting phisical IO.
>>> +
>>> Description
>>> -----------
>>>
>>> diff --git a/fs/proc/base.c b/fs/proc/base.c
>>> index ebea9501afb8..c4faa3464602 100644
>>> --- a/fs/proc/base.c
>>> +++ b/fs/proc/base.c
>>> @@ -1223,6 +1223,57 @@ static const struct file_operations proc_oom_score_adj_operations = {
>>> .llseek = default_llseek,
>>> };
>>>
>>> +static ssize_t memalloc_read(struct file *file, char __user *buf, size_t count,
>>> + loff_t *ppos)
>>> +{
>>> + struct task_struct *task;
>>> + ssize_t rc = 0;
>>> +
>>> + task = get_proc_task(file_inode(file));
>>> + if (!task)
>>> + return -ESRCH;
>>> +
>>> + if (task->flags & PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO)
>>> + rc = simple_read_from_buffer(buf, count, ppos, "noio", 4);
>>> + put_task_struct(task);
>>> + return rc;
>>> +}
>>> +
>>> +static ssize_t memalloc_write(struct file *file, const char __user *buf,
>>> + size_t count, loff_t *ppos)
>>> +{
>>> + struct task_struct *task;
>>> + char buffer[5];
>>> + int rc = count;
>>> +
>>> + memset(buffer, 0, sizeof(buffer));
>>> + if (count != sizeof(buffer) - 1)
>>> + return -EINVAL;
>>> +
>>> + if (copy_from_user(buffer, buf, count))
>>> + return -EFAULT;
>>> + buffer[count] = '\0';
>>> +
>>> + task = get_proc_task(file_inode(file));
>>> + if (!task)
>>> + return -ESRCH;
>>> +
>>> + if (!strcmp(buffer, "noio")) {
>>> + task->flags |= PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO;
>>> + } else {
>>> + rc = -EINVAL;
>>> + }
>>> +
>>> + put_task_struct(task);
>>> + return rc;
>>> +}
>>> +
>>> +static const struct file_operations proc_memalloc_operations = {
>>> + .read = memalloc_read,
>>> + .write = memalloc_write,
>>> + .llseek = default_llseek,
>>> +};
>>> +
>>> #ifdef CONFIG_AUDIT
>>> #define TMPBUFLEN 11
>>> static ssize_t proc_loginuid_read(struct file * file, char __user * buf,
>>> @@ -3097,6 +3148,7 @@ static const struct pid_entry tgid_base_stuff[] = {
>>> #ifdef CONFIG_PROC_PID_ARCH_STATUS
>>> ONE("arch_status", S_IRUGO, proc_pid_arch_status),
>>> #endif
>>> + REG("memalloc", S_IRUGO|S_IWUSR, proc_memalloc_operations),
>>> };
>>>
>>> static int proc_tgid_base_readdir(struct file *file, struct dir_context *ctx)
>>> @@ -3487,6 +3539,7 @@ static const struct pid_entry tid_base_stuff[] = {
>>> #ifdef CONFIG_PROC_PID_ARCH_STATUS
>>> ONE("arch_status", S_IRUGO, proc_pid_arch_status),
>>> #endif
>>> + REG("memalloc", S_IRUGO|S_IWUSR, proc_memalloc_operations),
>>> };
>>>
>>> static int proc_tid_base_readdir(struct file *file, struct dir_context *ctx)
>>>
>>
>

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