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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tools/testing/selftests/vm/mlock2-tests: fix mlock2 false-negative errors
On Sat, 21 Mar 2020 22:03:26 -0400 Rafael Aquini <aquini@redhat.com> wrote:

> > > + * In order to sort out that race, and get the after fault checks consistent,
> > > + * the "quick and dirty" trick below is required in order to force a call to
> > > + * lru_add_drain_all() to get the recently MLOCK_ONFAULT pages moved to
> > > + * the unevictable LRU, as expected by the checks in this selftest.
> > > + */
> > > +static void force_lru_add_drain_all(void)
> > > +{
> > > + sched_yield();
> > > + system("echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/compact_memory");
> > > +}
> >
> > What is the sched_yield() for?
> >
>
> Mostly it's there to provide a sleeping gap after the fault, whithout
> actually adding an arbitrary value with usleep().
>
> It's not a hard requirement, but, in some of the tests I performed
> (whithout that sleeping gap) I would still see around 1% chance
> of hitting the false-negative. After adding it I could not hit
> the issue anymore.

It's concerning that such deep machinery as pagevec draining is visible
to userspace.

I suppose that for consistency and correctness we should perform a
drain prior to each read from /proc/*/pagemap. Presumably this would
be far too expensive.

Is there any other way? One such might be to make the MLOCK_ONFAULT
pages bypass the lru_add_pvecs?

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