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SubjectRe: [v2 PATCH] mm: move_pages: return valid node id in status if the page is already on the target node
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On 12/5/19 1:42 AM, Qian Cai wrote:
>
>> On Dec 4, 2019, at 11:21 PM, Yang Shi <yang.shi@linux.alibaba.com> wrote:
>>
>> Felix Abecassis reports move_pages() would return random status if the
>> pages are already on the target node by the below test program:
>>
>> ---8<---
>>
>> int main(void)
>> {
>> const long node_id = 1;
>> const long page_size = sysconf(_SC_PAGESIZE);
>> const int64_t num_pages = 8;
>>
>> unsigned long nodemask = 1 << node_id;
>> long ret = set_mempolicy(MPOL_BIND, &nodemask, sizeof(nodemask));
>> if (ret < 0)
>> return (EXIT_FAILURE);
>>
>> void **pages = malloc(sizeof(void*) * num_pages);
>> for (int i = 0; i < num_pages; ++i) {
>> pages[i] = mmap(NULL, page_size, PROT_WRITE | PROT_READ,
>> MAP_PRIVATE | MAP_POPULATE | MAP_ANONYMOUS,
>> -1, 0);
>> if (pages[i] == MAP_FAILED)
>> return (EXIT_FAILURE);
>> }
>>
>> ret = set_mempolicy(MPOL_DEFAULT, NULL, 0);
>> if (ret < 0)
>> return (EXIT_FAILURE);
>>
>> int *nodes = malloc(sizeof(int) * num_pages);
>> int *status = malloc(sizeof(int) * num_pages);
>> for (int i = 0; i < num_pages; ++i) {
>> nodes[i] = node_id;
>> status[i] = 0xd0; /* simulate garbage values */
>> }
>>
>> ret = move_pages(0, num_pages, pages, nodes, status, MPOL_MF_MOVE);
>> printf("move_pages: %ld\n", ret);
>> for (int i = 0; i < num_pages; ++i)
>> printf("status[%d] = %d\n", i, status[i]);
>> }
>> ---8<---
>>
>> Then running the program would return nonsense status values:
>> $ ./move_pages_bug
>> move_pages: 0
>> status[0] = 208
>> status[1] = 208
>> status[2] = 208
>> status[3] = 208
>> status[4] = 208
>> status[5] = 208
>> status[6] = 208
>> status[7] = 208
>>
>> This is because the status is not set if the page is already on the
>> target node, but move_pages() should return valid status as long as it
>> succeeds. The valid status may be errno or node id.
>>
>> We can't simply initialize status array to zero since the pages may be
>> not on node 0. Fix it by updating status with node id which the page is
>> already on. And, it looks we have to update the status inside
>> add_page_for_migration() since the page struct is not available outside
>> it.
>>
>> Make add_page_for_migration() return 1 if store_status() is failed in
>> order to not mix up the status value since -EFAULT is also a valid
>> status.
> Don’t really feel it is a bug after all. As you mentioned, the manpage was rather poorly written. Why it is not a good idea just update the manpage or/and code comments instead to document the current behavior?

There are definitely a few inconsistencies, but I think the manpage is
quite clear for this specific case, which says "status is an array of
integers that return the status of each page. The array contains valid
values only if move_pages() did not return an error." And, it looks
kernel just misbehaved since 4.17 due to the fixes commit, so it sounds
like a regression too.


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