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SubjectRe: [External] Re: [PATCH] mm: memcontrol: remove rcu_read_lock from get_mem_cgroup_from_page
On Fri 05-02-21 07:59:06, Shakeel Butt wrote:
> +Cc Roman
>
> On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 2:49 AM Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com> wrote:
> >
> [snip]
> > > > > Also, css_get is enough because page
> > > > > has a reference to the memcg.
> > > >
> > > > tryget used to be there to guard against offlined memcg but we have
> > > > concluded this is impossible in this path. tryget stayed there to catch
> > > > some unexpected cases IIRC.
> > >
> > > Yeah, it can catch some unexpected cases. But why is this path
> > > special so that we need a tryget?
> >
> > I do not remember details and the changelog of that change is not
> > explicit but I suspect it was just because this one could trigger as
> > there are external callers to memcg. Is this protection needed? I am not
> > sure, this is for you to justify if you want to remove it.
> >
>
> It used to be css_tryget_online() which was changed to css_tryget()
> and from the discussion at [1], it seemed css_get() would be enough
> but we took a safer route.
>
> Anyways, I think we can either take the page_memcg_rcu() route or put
> explicit restrictions with page lock or lock_page_memcg() to guarantee
> page and memcg binding. I don't have a strong opinion either way but I
> think removing restrictions in future for new use-cases will be much
> harder, so, page_memcg_rcu() approach seems more appropriate at least
> for now.

Yeah, I would like to not have very special locking requirements here.
Definitely not page_lock as that one is too overloaded already.

>
> [1] https://lore.kernel.org/linux-mm/CALvZod5pAv=u8L2Tgk0hDY7XAiiF2dvjC1omQ5BSfzFu_2zSXA@mail.gmail.com/

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Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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