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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/2] khugepaged: enable collapse pmd for pte-mapped THP
On 08/01, Song Liu wrote:
>
>
> > On Aug 1, 2019, at 7:50 AM, Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com> wrote:
> >
> > On 07/31, Song Liu wrote:
> >>
> >> +static int khugepaged_add_pte_mapped_thp(struct mm_struct *mm,
> >> + unsigned long addr)
> >> +{
> >> + struct mm_slot *mm_slot;
> >> + int ret = 0;
> >> +
> >> + /* hold mmap_sem for khugepaged_test_exit() */
> >> + VM_BUG_ON_MM(!rwsem_is_locked(&mm->mmap_sem), mm);
> >> + VM_BUG_ON(addr & ~HPAGE_PMD_MASK);
> >> +
> >> + if (unlikely(khugepaged_test_exit(mm)))
> >> + return 0;
> >> +
> >> + if (!test_bit(MMF_VM_HUGEPAGE, &mm->flags) &&
> >> + !test_bit(MMF_DISABLE_THP, &mm->flags)) {
> >> + ret = __khugepaged_enter(mm);
> >> + if (ret)
> >> + return ret;
> >> + }
> >
> > could you explain why do we need mm->mmap_sem, khugepaged_test_exit() check
> > and __khugepaged_enter() ?
>
> If the mm doesn't have a mm_slot, we would like to create one here (by
> calling __khugepaged_enter()).

I can be easily wrong, I never read this code before, but this doesn't
look correct.

Firstly, mm->mmap_sem cam ONLY help if a) the task already has mm_slot
and b) this mm_slot is khugepaged_scan.mm_slot. Otherwise khugepaged_exit()
won't take mmap_sem for writing and thus we can't rely on test_exit().

and this means that down_read(mmap_sem) before khugepaged_add_pte_mapped_thp()
is pointless and can't help; this mm was found by vma_interval_tree_foreach().

so __khugepaged_enter() can race with khugepaged_exit() and this is wrong
in any case.

> This happens when the THP is created by another mm, or by tmpfs with
> "huge=always"; and then page table of this mm got split by split_huge_pmd().
> With current kernel, this happens when we attach/detach uprobe to a file
> in tmpfs with huge=always.

Well. In this particular case khugepaged_enter() was likely already called
by shmem_mmap() or khugepaged_enter_vma_merge(), or madvise.

(in fact I think do_set_pmd() or shmem_fault() should call _enter() too,
like do_huge_pmd_anonymous_page() does, but this is another story).


And I forgot to mention... I don't understand why
khugepaged_collapse_pte_mapped_thps() has to be called with khugepaged_mm_lock.

Oleg.

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