Re: [patch 4/6] x86: finish user fault error path with fatal signal

From: Johannes Weiner
Date: Fri Jul 26 2013 - 14:47:10 EST

On Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 03:52:07PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Thu 25-07-13 18:25:36, Johannes Weiner wrote:
> > The x86 fault handler bails in the middle of error handling when the
> > task has a fatal signal pending. For a subsequent patch this is a
> > problem in OOM situations because it relies on
> > pagefault_out_of_memory() being called even when the task has been
> > killed, to perform proper per-task OOM state unwinding.
> >
> > Shortcutting the fault like this is a rather minor optimization that
> > saves a few instructions in rare cases. Just remove it for
> > user-triggered faults.
> OK, I thought that this optimization tries to prevent calling OOM
> because the current might release some memory but that wasn't the
> intention of b80ef10e8 (x86: Move do_page_fault()'s error path under
> unlikely()).

out_of_memory() also checks the caller for pending signals, so it
would not actually invoke the OOM killer if the caller is already

> > Use the opportunity to split the fault retry handling from actual
> > fault errors and add locking documentation that reads suprisingly
> > similar to ARM's.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Reviewed-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxx>

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