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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 1/1] mm/mremap: add MREMAP_MIRROR flag for existing mirroring functionality
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On 07/07/2017 10:45 AM, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 07, 2017 at 10:29:52AM -0700, Mike Kravetz wrote:
>> On 07/07/2017 03:23 AM, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jul 06, 2017 at 09:17:26AM -0700, Mike Kravetz wrote:
>>>> The mremap system call has the ability to 'mirror' parts of an existing
>>>> mapping. To do so, it creates a new mapping that maps the same pages as
>>>> the original mapping, just at a different virtual address. This
>>>> functionality has existed since at least the 2.6 kernel.
>>>>
>>>> This patch simply adds a new flag to mremap which will make this
>>>> functionality part of the API. It maintains backward compatibility with
>>>> the existing way of requesting mirroring (old_size == 0).
>>>>
>>>> If this new MREMAP_MIRROR flag is specified, then new_size must equal
>>>> old_size. In addition, the MREMAP_MAYMOVE flag must be specified.
>>>
>>> The patch breaks important invariant that anon page can be mapped into a
>>> process only once.
>>
>> Actually, the patch does not add any new functionality. It only provides
>> a new interface to existing functionality.
>>
>> Is it not possible to have an anon page mapped twice into the same process
>> via system V shared memory? shmget(anon), shmat(), shmat.
>> Of course, those are shared rather than private anon pages.
>
> By anon pages I mean, private anon or file pages. These are subject to CoW.
>
>>> What is going to happen to mirrored after CoW for instance?
>>>
>>> In my opinion, it shouldn't be allowed for anon/private mappings at least.
>>> And with this limitation, I don't see much sense in the new interface --
>>> just create mirror by mmap()ing the file again.
>>
>> The code today works for anon shared mappings. See simple program below.
>>
>> You are correct in that it makes little or no sense for private mappings.
>> When looking closer at existing code, mremap() creates a new private
>> mapping in this case. This is most likely a bug.
>
> IIRC, existing code doesn't create mirrors of private pages as it requires
> old_len to be zero. There's no way to get private pages mapped twice this
> way.

Correct.
As mentioned above, mremap does 'something' for private anon pages when
old_len == 0. However, this may be considered a bug. In this case, mremap
creates a new private anon mapping of length new_size. Since old_len == 0,
it does not unmap any of the old mapping. So, in this case mremap basically
creates a new private mapping (unrealted to the original) and does not
modify the old mapping.

--
Mike Kravetz

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