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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] mm, proc: report PR_SET_THP_DISABLE in proc
On Thu 15-11-18 10:02:42, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Wed 14-11-18 13:41:12, David Rientjes wrote:
> > On Wed, 14 Nov 2018, Michal Hocko wrote:
> >
> > > > > > Do you know of any other userspace except your usecase? Is there
> > > > > > anything fundamental that would prevent a proper API adoption for you?
> > > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Yes, it would require us to go back in time and build patched binaries.
> > > >
> > > > I read that as there is a fundamental problem to update existing
> > > > binaries. If that is the case then there surely is no way around it
> > > > and another sad page in the screwed up APIs book we provide.
> > > >
> > > > But I was under impression that the SW stack which actually does the
> > > > monitoring is under your controll. Moreover I was under impression that
> > > > you do not use the current vanilla kernel so there is no need for an
> > > > immediate change on your end. It is trivial to come up with a backward
> > > > compatible way to check for the new flag (if it is not present then
> > > > fallback to vma flags).
> > > >
> >
> > The userspace had a single way to determine if thp had been disabled for a
> > specific vma and that was broken with your commit. We have since fixed
> > it. Modifying our software stack to start looking for some field
> > somewhere else will not help anybody else that this has affected or will
> > affect. I'm interested in not breaking userspace, not trying a wait and
> > see approach to see if anybody else complains once we start looking for
> > some other field. The risk outweighs the reward, it already broke us, and
> > I'd prefer not to even open the possibility of breaking anybody else.
>
> I very much agree on "do not break userspace" part but this is kind of
> gray area. VMA flags are a deep internal implementation detail and
> nobody should really depend on it for anything important. The original
> motivation for introducing it was CRIU where it is kind of
> understandable. I would argue they should find a different way but it is
> just too late for them.
>
> For this particular case there was no other bug report except for yours
> and if it is possible to fix it on your end then I would really love to
> make the a sensible user interface to query the status. If we are going
> to change the semantic of the exported flag again then we risk yet
> another breakage.
>
> Therefore I am asking whether changing your particular usecase to a new
> interface is possible because that would allow to have a longerm
> sensible user interface rather than another kludge which still doesn't
> cover all the usecases (e.g. there is no way to reliably query the
> madvise status after your patch).

Btw. this is essentially the same kind of problem as
http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20181002100531.GC4135@quack2.suse.cz
where the conclusion was to come up with a saner interface rather than
mimic the previous one.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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