Re: [PATCH] mm: dump page when hitting a VM_BUG_ON usingVM_BUG_ON_PAGE
From: Andrew Morton
Date: Fri Dec 27 2013 - 17:26:11 EST
On Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:19:44 -0500 Sasha Levin <sasha.levin@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 12/27/2013 05:38 AM, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
> > On Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 10:20:52PM -0500, Sasha Levin wrote:
> >> Most of the VM_BUG_ON assertions are performed on a page. Usually, when
> >> one of these assertions fails we'll get a BUG_ON with a call stack and
> >> the registers.
> >> I've recently noticed based on the requests to add a small piece of code
> >> that dumps the page to various VM_BUG_ON sites that the page dump is quite
> >> useful to people debugging issues in mm.
> >> This patch adds a VM_BUG_ON_PAGE(cond, page) which beyond doing what
> >> VM_BUG_ON() does, also dumps the page before executing the actual BUG_ON.
> >> Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <sasha.levin@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > I like the idea. One thing I've noticed you have a lot of page flag based
> > asserts, like:
> > VM_BUG_ON_PAGE(PageLRU(page), page);
> > VM_BUG_ON_PAGE(!PageLocked(page), page);
> > What about adding per-page-flag assert macros, like:
> > PageNotLRU_assert(page);
> > PageLocked_assert(page);
> > ? This way we will always dump right page on bug.
> Sure, sounds good.
> I'll send another patch on top of this one.
I think I prefer the patch as-is. To do what Kirill suggests we'd have
to add a heck of a lot more macros and they add little value. And the
suggested names of those macros aren't very good - there's nothing in
"PageNotLRU_assert" which tells the reader that this code is
conditional on CONFIG_DEBUG_VM, which is a somewhat important thing.
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