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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm/madvise: allow MADV_DONTNEED to free memory that is MLOCK_ONFAULT
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On 06/11/2018 03:20 AM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> [CCing linux-api - please make sure to CC this mailing list anytime you
> are touching user visible apis]
>
> On Fri 08-06-18 14:56:52, Jason Baron wrote:
>> In order to free memory that is marked MLOCK_ONFAULT, the memory region
>> needs to be first unlocked, before calling MADV_DONTNEED. And if the region
>> is to be reused as MLOCK_ONFAULT, we require another call to mlock2() with
>> the MLOCK_ONFAULT flag.
>>
>> Let's simplify freeing memory that is set MLOCK_ONFAULT, by allowing
>> MADV_DONTNEED to work directly for memory that is set MLOCK_ONFAULT.
>
> I do not understand the point here. How is MLOCK_ONFAULT any different
> from the regular mlock here? If you want to free mlocked memory then
> fine but the behavior should be consistent. MLOCK_ONFAULT is just a way
> to say that we do not want to pre-populate the mlocked area and do that
> lazily on the page fault time. madvise should make any difference here.
>

The difference for me is after the page has been freed, MLOCK_ONFAULT
will re-populate the range if its accessed again. Whereas with regular
mlock I don't think it will because its normally done at mlock() or
mmap() time. In any case, the state of a region being locked with
regular mlock and pages not present does not currently exist, whereas it
does for MLOCK_ONFAULT, so it seems more natural to do it only for
MLOCK_ONFAULT. Finally, the use-case we had for this, didn't need
regular mlock().

> That being said we do not allow MADV_DONTNEED on VM_LOCKED since ever. I
> do not really see why but this would be a user visible change. Can we do
> that? What was the original motivation for exclusion?
>

I'm not sure precisely for regular mlock. But for MLOCK_ONFAULT I did
ask the original author, Eric Munson (added to the 'cc) about allowing
MADV_DONTNEED, and iirc, he thought it made sense for MLOCK_ONFAULT.

Thanks,

-Jason


> [keeping the rest of email for linux-api]
>
>> The
>> locked memory limits, tracked by mm->locked_vm do not need to be adjusted
>> in this case, since they were charged to the entire region when
>> MLOCK_ONFAULT was initially set.
>>
>> Further, I don't think allowing MADV_FREE for MLOCK_ONFAULT regions makes
>> sense, since the point of MLOCK_ONFAULT is for userspace to know when pages
>> are locked in memory and thus to know when page faults will occur.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Jason Baron <jbaron@akamai.com>
>> Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
>> Cc: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
>> Cc: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz>
>> Cc: Joonsoo Kim <iamjoonsoo.kim@lge.com>
>> Cc: Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de>
>> Cc: Kirill A. Shutemov <kirill.shutemov@linux.intel.com>
>> ---
>> mm/internal.h | 18 ++++++++++++++++++
>> mm/madvise.c | 4 ++--
>> mm/oom_kill.c | 2 +-
>> 3 files changed, 21 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/mm/internal.h b/mm/internal.h
>> index 9e3654d..16c0041 100644
>> --- a/mm/internal.h
>> +++ b/mm/internal.h
>> @@ -15,6 +15,7 @@
>> #include <linux/mm.h>
>> #include <linux/pagemap.h>
>> #include <linux/tracepoint-defs.h>
>> +#include <uapi/asm-generic/mman-common.h>
>>
>> /*
>> * The set of flags that only affect watermark checking and reclaim
>> @@ -45,9 +46,26 @@ void free_pgtables(struct mmu_gather *tlb, struct vm_area_struct *start_vma,
>>
>> static inline bool can_madv_dontneed_vma(struct vm_area_struct *vma)
>> {
>> + return !(((vma->vm_flags & (VM_LOCKED|VM_LOCKONFAULT)) == VM_LOCKED) ||
>> + (vma->vm_flags & (VM_HUGETLB|VM_PFNMAP)));
>> +}
>> +
>> +static inline bool can_madv_free_vma(struct vm_area_struct *vma)
>> +{
>> return !(vma->vm_flags & (VM_LOCKED|VM_HUGETLB|VM_PFNMAP));
>> }
>>
>> +static inline bool can_madv_dontneed_or_free_vma(struct vm_area_struct *vma,
>> + int behavior)
>> +{
>> + if (behavior == MADV_DONTNEED)
>> + return can_madv_dontneed_vma(vma);
>> + else if (behavior == MADV_FREE)
>> + return can_madv_free_vma(vma);
>> + else
>> + return 0;
>> +}
>> +
>> void unmap_page_range(struct mmu_gather *tlb,
>> struct vm_area_struct *vma,
>> unsigned long addr, unsigned long end,
>> diff --git a/mm/madvise.c b/mm/madvise.c
>> index 4d3c922..61ff306 100644
>> --- a/mm/madvise.c
>> +++ b/mm/madvise.c
>> @@ -517,7 +517,7 @@ static long madvise_dontneed_free(struct vm_area_struct *vma,
>> int behavior)
>> {
>> *prev = vma;
>> - if (!can_madv_dontneed_vma(vma))
>> + if (!can_madv_dontneed_or_free_vma(vma, behavior))
>> return -EINVAL;
>>
>> if (!userfaultfd_remove(vma, start, end)) {
>> @@ -539,7 +539,7 @@ static long madvise_dontneed_free(struct vm_area_struct *vma,
>> */
>> return -ENOMEM;
>> }
>> - if (!can_madv_dontneed_vma(vma))
>> + if (!can_madv_dontneed_or_free_vma(vma, behavior))
>> return -EINVAL;
>> if (end > vma->vm_end) {
>> /*
>> diff --git a/mm/oom_kill.c b/mm/oom_kill.c
>> index 8ba6cb8..9817d15 100644
>> --- a/mm/oom_kill.c
>> +++ b/mm/oom_kill.c
>> @@ -492,7 +492,7 @@ void __oom_reap_task_mm(struct mm_struct *mm)
>> set_bit(MMF_UNSTABLE, &mm->flags);
>>
>> for (vma = mm->mmap ; vma; vma = vma->vm_next) {
>> - if (!can_madv_dontneed_vma(vma))
>> + if (!can_madv_free_vma(vma))
>> continue;
>>
>> /*
>> --
>> 2.7.4
>>
>

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