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SubjectRe: linux-next: Tree for Nov 7
Michal Hocko <> writes:

> [Sorry for spamming, this one is the last attempt hopefully]
> On Mon 13-11-17 16:49:39, Michal Hocko wrote:
>> On Mon 13-11-17 16:16:41, Michal Hocko wrote:
>> > On Mon 13-11-17 13:00:57, Michal Hocko wrote:
>> > [...]
>> > > Yes, I have mentioned that in the previous email but the amount of code
>> > > would be even larger. Basically every arch which reimplements
>> > > arch_get_unmapped_area would have to special case new MAP_FIXED flag to
>> > > do vma lookup.
>> >
>> > It turned out that this might be much more easier than I thought after
>> > all. It seems we can really handle that in the common code. This would
>> > mean that we are exposing a new functionality to the userspace though.
>> > Myabe this would be useful on its own though. Just a quick draft (not
>> > even compile tested) whether this makes sense in general. I would be
>> > worried about unexpected behavior when somebody set other bit without a
>> > good reason and we might fail with ENOMEM for such a call now.
>> Hmm, the bigger problem would be the backward compatibility actually. We
>> would get silent corruptions which is exactly what the flag is trying
>> fix. mmap flags handling really sucks. So I guess we would have to make
>> the flag internal only :/
> OK, so this one should take care of the backward compatibility while
> still not touching the arch code

I'm not sure I understand your worries about backward compatibility?

If we add a new mmap flag which is currently unused then what is the
problem? Are you worried about user code that accidentally passes that
flag already?

> diff --git a/include/uapi/asm-generic/mman-common.h b/include/uapi/asm-generic/mman-common.h
> index 203268f9231e..03c518777f83 100644
> --- a/include/uapi/asm-generic/mman-common.h
> +++ b/include/uapi/asm-generic/mman-common.h
> @@ -25,6 +25,8 @@
> # define MAP_UNINITIALIZED 0x0 /* Don't support this flag */
> #endif
> +#define MAP_FIXED_SAFE 0x2000000 /* MAP_FIXED which doesn't unmap underlying mapping */
> +

As I said in my other mail I think this should be a modifier to
MAP_FIXED. That way all the existing code that checks for MAP_FIXED (in
the kernel) works exactly as it currently does - like the check Khalid
pointed out.

And I think MAP_NO_CLOBBER would be a better name.


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