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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/3] mm, thp, proc: report THP eligibility for each vma
On 11/23/18 4:21 PM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Fri 23-11-18 16:07:06, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
>> On 11/20/18 11:35 AM, Michal Hocko wrote:
>>> From: Michal Hocko <>
>>> Userspace falls short when trying to find out whether a specific memory
>>> range is eligible for THP. There are usecases that would like to know
>>> that
>>> : This is used to identify heap mappings that should be able to fault thp
>>> : but do not, and they normally point to a low-on-memory or fragmentation
>>> : issue.
>>> The only way to deduce this now is to query for hg resp. nh flags and
>>> confronting the state with the global setting. Except that there is
>>> also PR_SET_THP_DISABLE that might change the picture. So the final
>>> logic is not trivial. Moreover the eligibility of the vma depends on
>>> the type of VMA as well. In the past we have supported only anononymous
>>> memory VMAs but things have changed and shmem based vmas are supported
>>> as well these days and the query logic gets even more complicated
>>> because the eligibility depends on the mount option and another global
>>> configuration knob.
>>> Simplify the current state and report the THP eligibility in
>>> /proc/<pid>/smaps for each existing vma. Reuse transparent_hugepage_enabled
>>> for this purpose. The original implementation of this function assumes
>>> that the caller knows that the vma itself is supported for THP so make
>>> the core checks into __transparent_hugepage_enabled and use it for
>>> existing callers. __show_smap just use the new transparent_hugepage_enabled
>>> which also checks the vma support status (please note that this one has
>>> to be out of line due to include dependency issues).
>>> Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <>
>> Not thrilled by this,
> Any specific concern?

The kitchen sink that smaps slowly becomes, with associated overhead
(i.e. one of reasons there's now smaps_rollup). Would be much nicer if
userspace had some way to say which fields it's interested in. But I
have no good ideas for that right now :/

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