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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tools/testing/selftests/vm/mlock2-tests: fix mlock2 false-negative errors
On Mon 23-03-20 10:16:59, Rafael Aquini wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 09:31:04AM -0700, Shakeel Butt wrote:
> > On Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 6:35 PM Rafael Aquini <> wrote:
> > >
> > > Changes for commit 9c4e6b1a7027f ("mm, mlock, vmscan: no more skipping pagevecs")
> > > break this test expectations on the behavior of mlock syscall family immediately
> > > inserting the recently faulted pages into the UNEVICTABLE_LRU, when MCL_ONFAULT is
> > > passed to the syscall as part of its flag-set.
> >
> > mlock* syscalls do not provide any guarantee that the pages will be in
> > unevictable LRU, only that the pages will not be paged-out. The test
> > is checking something very internal to the kernel and this is expected
> > to break.
> It was a check expected to be satisfied before the commit, though.
> Getting the mlocked pages inserted directly into the unevictable LRU,
> skipping the pagevec, was established behavior before the aforementioned
> commit, and even though one could argue userspace should not be aware,
> or care, about such inner kernel circles the program in question is not an
> ordinary userspace app, but a kernel selftest that is supposed to check
> for the functionality correctness.

But mlock (in neither mode) is reall forced to put pages to the
UNEVICTABLE_LRU for correctness. If the test is really depending on it
then the selftest is bogus. A real MCL_ONFAULT test should focus on the
user observable contract of this api. And that is that a new mapping
doesn't fault in the page during the mlock call but the memory is locked
after the memory is faulted in. You can use different methods to observe
locked memory - e.g. try to reclaim it and check or check /proc/<pid>/smaps

Michal Hocko

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