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SubjectRe: [RFC-PATCH 2/4] mm: Add __rcu_alloc_page_lockless() func.
On Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 10:45:02AM +0100, Mel Gorman wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 11:07:29AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 09:50:14AM +0100, Mel Gorman wrote:
> > > On Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 09:11:23AM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> >
> > > > > +#define ___GFP_NO_LOCKS 0x800000u
> > > >
> > > > Even if a new gfp flag gains a sufficient traction and support I am
> > > > _strongly_ opposed against consuming another flag for that. Bit space is
> > > > limited.
> > >
> > > That is definitely true. I'm not happy with the GFP flag at all, the
> > > comment is at best a damage limiting move. It still would be better for
> > > a memory pool to be reserved and sized for critical allocations.
> >
> > This is one of the reasons I did a separate allocation function. No GFP
> > flag to leak into general usage.
> >
>
> Even a specific function with a hint that "this is for RCU only" will
> not prevent abuse.

Not exporting it for modules helps, but yes.

> > > > Besides that we certainly do not want to allow craziness like
> > > > __GFP_NO_LOCK | __GFP_RECLAIM (and similar), do we?
> > >
> > > That would deserve to be taken to a dumpster and set on fire. The flag
> > > combination could be checked in the allocator but the allocator path fast
> > > paths are bad enough already.
> >
> > Isn't that what we have CONFIG_DEBUG_VM for?
>
> It's enabled by default by enough distros that adding too many checks
> is potentially painful. Granted it would be missed by most benchmarking
> which tend to control allocations from userspace but a lot of performance
> problems I see are the "death by a thousand cuts" variety.

Oh quite agreed, aka death by accounting. But if people are enabling
DEBUG options in production kernels, there's something wrong, no?

Should we now go add CONFIG_REALLY_DEBUG_STAY_AWAY_ALREADY options?

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