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SubjectRe: [LSF/MM TOPIC] Discuss least bad options for resolving longterm-GUP usage by RDMA
On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 04:39:22PM -0500, Jerome Glisse wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 12:50:49PM -0800, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 03:26:22PM -0500, Jerome Glisse wrote:
> > > On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 11:06:54AM -0700, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> > > > But it also doesnt' trucate/create a hole. Another thread wrote to it
> > > > right away and the 'hole' was essentially instantly reallocated. This
> > > > is an inherent, pre-existing, race in the ftrucate/etc APIs.
> > >
> > > So it is kind of a // point to this, but direct I/O do "truncate" pages
> > > or more exactly after a write direct I/O invalidate_inode_pages2_range()
> > > is call and it will try to unmap and remove from page cache all pages
> > > that have been written too.
> >
> > Hang on. Pages are tossed out of the page cache _before_ an O_DIRECT
> > write starts. The only way what you're describing can happen is if
> > there's a race between an O_DIRECT writer and an mmap. Which is either
> > an incredibly badly written application or someone trying an exploit.
> I believe they are tossed after O_DIRECT starts (dio_complete). But

Yes, but also before. See iomap_dio_rw() and

> regardless the issues is that an RDMA can have pin the page long
> before the DIO in which case the page can not be toss from the page
> cache and what ever is written to the block device will be discarded
> once the RDMA unpin the pages. So we would end up in the code path
> that spit out big error message in the kernel log.

Which tells us filesystem people that the applications are doing
something that _will_ cause data corruption and hence not to spend
any time triaging data corruption reports because it's not a
filesystem bug that caused it.

See open(2):

Applications should avoid mixing O_DIRECT and normal I/O to
the same file, and especially to overlapping byte regions in
the same file. Even when the filesystem correctly handles
the coherency issues in this situation, overall I/O
throughput is likely to be slower than using either mode
alone. Likewise, applications should avoid mixing mmap(2)
of files with direct I/O to the same files.

Dave Chinner

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