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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] mm: Introduce new function vm_insert_kmem_page
On Thu, Oct 04, 2018 at 11:42:18PM +0530, Souptick Joarder wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 6:04 PM Russell King - ARM Linux
> <linux@armlinux.org.uk> wrote:
> > I'm confused, what are you trying to do?
> >
> > It seems that we already have:
> >
> > vm_insert_page() - returns an errno
> > vmf_insert_page() - returns a VM_FAULT_* code
> >
> > From what I _think_ you're saying, you're trying to provide
> > vm_insert_kmem_page() as a direct replacement for the existing
> > vm_insert_page(), and then make vm_insert_page() behave as per
> > vmf_insert_page(), so we end up with:
>
> yes, vm_insert_kmem_page() can be a direct replacement of vm_insert_page
> or might be a wrapper function written using vm_insert_page whichever
> suites better
> based on feedback.
>
> >
> > vm_insert_kmem_page() - returns an errno
> > vm_insert_page() - returns a VM_FAULT_* code
> > vmf_insert_page() - returns a VM_FAULT_* code and is identical to
> > vm_insert_page()
> >
>
> After completion of conversion we end up with
>
> vm_insert_kmem_page() - returns an errno
> vmf_insert_page() - returns a VM_FAULT_* code
>
>
> > Given that the documentation for vm_insert_page() says:
> >
> > * Usually this function is called from f_op->mmap() handler
> > * under mm->mmap_sem write-lock, so it can change vma->vm_flags.
> > * Caller must set VM_MIXEDMAP on vma if it wants to call this
> > * function from other places, for example from page-fault handler.
> >
> > this says that the "usual" use method for vm_insert_page() is
> > _outside_ of page fault handling - if it is used _inside_ page fault
> > handling, then it states that additional fixups are required on the
> > VMA. So I don't get why your patch commentry seems to be saying that
> > users of vm_insert_page() outside of page fault handling all need to
> > be patched - isn't this the use case that this function is defined
> > to be handling?
>
> The answer is yes best of my knowledge.
>
> But as mentioned in change log ->
>
> Going forward, the plan is to restrict future drivers not
> to use vm_insert_page ( *it will generate new errno to
> VM_FAULT_CODE mapping code for new drivers which were already
> cleaned up for existing drivers*) in #PF (page fault handler)
> context but to make use of vmf_insert_page which returns
> VMF_FAULT_CODE and that is not possible until both vm_insert_page
> and vmf_insert_page API exists.
>
> But there are some consumers of vm_insert_page which use it
> outside #PF context. straight forward conversion of vm_insert_page
> to vmf_insert_page won't work there as those function calls expects
> errno not vm_fault_t in return.
>
> If both {vm, vmf}_insert_page exists, vm_insert_page might be used for
> #PF context which we want to protect by removing/ replacing vm_insert_page
> with another similar/ wrapper API.
>
> Is that the right answer of your question ? no ?

I think this is a bad plan. What we should rather do is examine the current
users of vm_insert_page() and ask "What interface would better replace
vm_insert_page()?"

As I've said to you before, I believe the right answer is to have a
vm_insert_range() which takes an array of struct page pointers. That
fits the majority of remaining users.

----

If we do want to rename vm_insert_page() to vm_insert_kmem_page(), then
the right answer is to _just do that_. Not duplicate vm_insert_page()
in its entirety. I don't see the point to doing that.

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