Re: [PATCH] mlock: revert the optimization for dirtying pages andtriggering writeback.

From: Michel Lespinasse
Date: Sun Jan 30 2011 - 05:26:36 EST

On Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 11:15 PM, Tao Ma <tm@xxxxxx> wrote:
>        buf = mmap(NULL, file_len, PROT_WRITE, MAP_SHARED, fd, 0);
>        if (buf == MAP_FAILED) {
>                perror("mmap");
>                goto out;
>        }
>        if (mlock(buf, file_len) < 0) {
>                perror("mlock");
>                goto out;
>        }

Thanks Tao for tracing this to an individual change. I can reproduce
this on my system. The issue is that the file is mapped without the
PROT_READ permission, so mlock can't fault in the pages. Up to 2.6.37
this worked because mlock was using a write.

The test case does show there was a behavior change; however it's not
clear to me that the tested behavior is valid.

I can see two possible resolutions:

1- do nothing, if we can agree that the test case is invalid

2- restore the previous behavior for writable, non-readable, shared
mappings while preserving the optimization for read/write shared
mappings. The test would then look like:
if ((vma->vm_flags & VM_WRITE) && (vma->vm_flags & (VM_READ |
gup_flags |= FOLL_WRITE;

Michel "Walken" Lespinasse
A program is never fully debugged until the last user dies.
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