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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 00/17] gfs2: Fix mmap + page fault deadlocks
On Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 9:23 PM Linus Torvalds
<> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 8:06 AM Catalin Marinas <> wrote:
> > Probing only the first byte(s) in fault_in() would be ideal, no need to
> > go through all filesystems and try to change the uaccess/probing order.
> Let's try that. Or rather: probing just the first page - since there
> are users like that btrfs ioctl, and the direct-io path.

For direct I/O, we actually only want to trigger page fault-in so that
we can grab page references with bio_iov_iter_get_pages. Probing for
sub-page error domains will only slow things down. If we hit -EFAULT
during the actual copy-in or copy-out, we know that the error can't be
page fault related. Similarly, in the buffered I/O case, we only
really care about the next byte, so any probing beyond that is

So maybe we should split the sub-page error domain probing off from
the fault-in functions. Or at least add an argument to the fault-in
functions that specifies the amount of memory to probe.


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