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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 3/7] mm, devm_memremap_pages: Fix shutdown handling
On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 9:51 AM Logan Gunthorpe <> wrote:
> On 2018-11-29 10:30 a.m., Dan Williams wrote:
> > Oh! Yes, nice find. We need to wait for the percpu-ref to be dead and
> > all outstanding references dropped before we can proceed to
> > arch_remove_memory(), and I think this problem has been there since
> > day one because the final exit was always after devm_memremap_pages()
> > release which means arch_remove_memory() was always racing any final
> > put_page(). I'll take a look, it seems the arch_remove_pages() call
> > needs to be moved out-of-line to its own context and wait for the
> > final exit of the percpu-ref.
> Ok, well I thought moving the wait_for_completion() into the kill() call
> was a pretty good solution to this.

True, it is...

> Though, if we move the
> arch_remove_pages() into a different context, it *may* help with the
> problem below...

Glad to see my over-engineered proposal in this case might be good for

> >> Though, now that I look at it, the current change in question will be
> >> wrong if there are two devm_memremap_pages_release()s to call. Both need
> >> to drop their references before we can wait_for_completion() ;(. I guess
> >> I need multiple percpu_refs or more complex changes to
> >> devm_memremap_pages_release().
> >
> > Can you just have a normal device-level kref for this case? On final
> > device-level kref_put then kill the percpu_ref? I guess the problem is
> > devm semantics where p2pdma only gets one callback on a driver
> > ->remove() event. I'm not sure how to support multiple references of
> > the same pages without creating a non-devm version of
> > devm_memremap_pages(). I'm not opposed to that, but afaiu I don't
> > think p2pdma is compatible with devm as long as it supports N>1:1
> > mappings of the same range.
> Hmm, no I think you misunderstood what I said. I'm saying I need to have
> exactly one percpu_ref per call to devm_memremap_pages() and this is
> doable, just slightly annoying. Right now I have one percpu_ref for
> multiple calls to devm_memremap_pages() which doesn't work with the
> above fix because there will always be a wait_for_completion() before
> the last references are dropped in this way:
> 1) First devm_memremap_pages_release() is called which drops it's
> reference and waits_for_completion().
> 2) The second devm_memremap_pages_release() needs to be called to drop
> it's reference, but can't seeing the first is waiting, and therefore the
> percpu_ref never goes to zero and the wait_for_completion() never returns.

Got it, let me see how bad moving arch_remove_memory() turns out,
sounds like a decent approach to coordinate multiple users of a single

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