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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] mm/frame-vec: use FOLL_LONGTERM
On 10/3/20 2:45 AM, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 12:39 AM John Hubbard <> wrote:
>> On 10/2/20 10:53 AM, Daniel Vetter wrote:
>>> For $reasons I've stumbled over this code and I'm not sure the change
>>> to the new gup functions in 55a650c35fea ("mm/gup: frame_vector:
>>> convert get_user_pages() --> pin_user_pages()") was entirely correct.
>>> This here is used for long term buffers (not just quick I/O) like
>>> RDMA, and John notes this in his patch. But I thought the rule for
>>> these is that they need to add FOLL_LONGTERM, which John's patch
>>> didn't do.
>> Yep. The earlier gup --> pup conversion patches were intended to not
>> have any noticeable behavior changes, and FOLL_LONGTERM, with it's
>> special cases and such, added some risk that I wasn't ready to take
>> on yet. Also, FOLL_LONGTERM rules are only *recently* getting firmed
>> up. So there was some doubt at least in my mind, about which sites
>> should have it.
>> But now that we're here, I think it's really good that you've brought
>> this up. It's definitely time to add FOLL_LONGTERM wherever it's missing.
> So should I keep this patch, or will it collide with a series you're working on?

It doesn't collide with anything on my end yet, because I've been slow to
pick up on the need for changing callsites to add FOLL_LONGTERM. :)

And it looks like that's actually a problem, because:

> Also with the firmed up rules, correct that I can also drop the
> vma_is_fsdax check when the FOLL_LONGTERM flag is set?

That's the right direction to go *in general*, but I see that the
pin_user_pages code is still a bit stuck in the past. And this patch
won't actually work, with or without that vma_is_fsdax() check.

if (WARN_ON_ONCE(gup_flags & FOLL_LONGTERM))
return -EINVAL;

So, again, pin_user_pages*() is at least partly behind the times here.
I can jump in and start fixing it up, but it depends on what you and
Oded and others are planning? Note: there is a particular combination of
dax and locking that we have to still avoid, within gup.c. That's
already covered, but needs to continue to be covered when we enable
FOLL_LONGTERM in the remaining pin_user_pages*() calling paths.

John Hubbard

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