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SubjectRe: [PATCH -next v2] mm: mark an intentional data race in page_zonenum
On Thu, 6 Feb 2020 15:25:41 -0500 Qian Cai <cai@lca.pw> wrote:

>
>
> > On Feb 6, 2020, at 3:20 PM, Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org> wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, Feb 06, 2020 at 01:30:00PM -0500, Qian Cai wrote:
> >> Both the read and write are done only with the non-exclusive mmap_sem
> >> held. Since the read only check for a specific bit range (up to 3 bits)
> >> in the flag but the write here never change those 3 bits, so load
> >> tearing would be harmless here. Thus, just mark it as an intentional
> >> data races using the data_race() macro which is designed for those
> >> situations [1].
> >
> > This changelog makes me think you don't really understand the situation.
> >
> > A page never changes its zone number. The zone number happens to be
> > stored in the same word as other bits which are modified, but the zone
> > number bits will never be modified by any other write. So we can accept
> > a reload of the zone bits after an intervening write and we don't need
> > to use READ_ONCE().
>
> Maybe your explanation is better, but I did try to explain the same thing.
> I’ll let Andrew to decide if he would like to update the commit log a bit
> with your wording.

Using data_race() here seems misleading - there is no race, but we're
using data_race() to suppress a false positive warning from KCSAN, yes?

That's a bit hacky. If this happens rarely then perhaps adding a
suitable comment in page_zonenum() which explains this will suffice.
But if we keep on abusing data_race() in this fashion then it would be
better to add a new macro for this purpose.


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