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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] mm/gup.c: fix the wrong comments
On Tue, Apr 09, 2019 at 09:08:33AM +0800, Huang Shijie wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 08, 2019 at 07:13:13AM -0700, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 08, 2019 at 10:37:45AM +0800, Huang Shijie wrote:
> > > The root cause is that sg_alloc_table_from_pages() requires the
> > > page order to keep the same as it used in the user space, but
> > > get_user_pages_fast() will mess it up.
> >
> > I don't understand how get_user_pages_fast() can return the pages in a
> > different order in the array from the order they appear in userspace.
> > Can you explain?
> Please see the code in gup.c:
>
> int get_user_pages_fast(unsigned long start, int nr_pages,
> unsigned int gup_flags, struct page **pages)
> {
> .......
> if (gup_fast_permitted(start, nr_pages)) {
> local_irq_disable();
> gup_pgd_range(addr, end, gup_flags, pages, &nr); // The @pages array maybe filled at the first time.

Right ... but if it's not filled entirely, it will be filled part-way,
and then we stop.

> local_irq_enable();
> ret = nr;
> }
> .......
> if (nr < nr_pages) {
> /* Try to get the remaining pages with get_user_pages */
> start += nr << PAGE_SHIFT;
> pages += nr; // The @pages is moved forward.

Yes, to the point where gup_pgd_range() stopped.

> if (gup_flags & FOLL_LONGTERM) {
> down_read(&current->mm->mmap_sem);
> ret = __gup_longterm_locked(current, current->mm, // The @pages maybe filled at the second time

Right.

> /*
> * retain FAULT_FOLL_ALLOW_RETRY optimization if
> * possible
> */
> ret = get_user_pages_unlocked(start, nr_pages - nr, // The @pages maybe filled at the second time.
> pages, gup_flags);

Yes. But they'll be in the same order.

> BTW, I do not know why we mess up the page order. It maybe used in some special case.

I'm not discounting the possibility that you've found a bug.
But documenting that a bug exists is not the solution; the solution is
fixing the bug.

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