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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH V2 5/5] vhost: access vq metadata through kernel virtual address
On Thu, Mar 07, 2019 at 10:45:57AM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
>
> On 2019/3/7 上午12:31, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > > +static void vhost_set_vmap_dirty(struct vhost_vmap *used)
> > > +{
> > > + int i;
> > > +
> > > + for (i = 0; i < used->npages; i++)
> > > + set_page_dirty_lock(used->pages[i]);
> > This seems to rely on page lock to mark page dirty.
> >
> > Could it happen that page writeback will check the
> > page, find it clean, and then you mark it dirty and then
> > invalidate callback is called?
> >
> >
>
> Yes. But does this break anything?
> The page is still there, we just remove a
> kernel mapping to it.
>
> Thanks

Yes it's the same problem as e.g. RDMA:
we've just marked the page as dirty without having buffers.
Eventually writeback will find it and filesystem will complain...
So if the pages are backed by a non-RAM-based filesystem, it’s all just broken.

one can hope that RDMA guys will fix it in some way eventually.
For now, maybe add a flag in e.g. VMA that says that there's no
writeback so it's safe to mark page dirty at any point?





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