Re: [PATCHv2 3/3] mm: Use updated pmdp_invalidate() inteface to track dirty/accessed bits
From: Minchan Kim
Date: Fri Jun 16 2017 - 10:53:51 EST
On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 04:27:20PM +0200, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> Hello Minchan,
> On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 10:52:09PM +0900, Minchan Kim wrote:
> > > > > @@ -1995,8 +1984,6 @@ static void __split_huge_pmd_locked(struct vm_area_struct *vma, pmd_t *pmd,
> > > > > if (soft_dirty)
> > > > > entry = pte_mksoft_dirty(entry);
> > > > > }
> > > > > - if (dirty)
> > > > > - SetPageDirty(page + i);
> > > > > pte = pte_offset_map(&_pmd, addr);
> > split_huge_page set PG_dirty to all subpages unconditionally?
> > If it's true, yes, it doesn't break MADV_FREE. However, I didn't spot
> > that piece of code. What I found one is just __split_huge_page_tail
> > which set PG_dirty to subpage if head page is dirty. IOW, if the head
> > page is not dirty, tail page will be clean, too.
> > Could you point out what routine set PG_dirty to all subpages unconditionally?
> On a side note the snippet deleted above was useless, as long as
> there's one left hugepmd to split, the physical page has to be still
> compound and huge and as long as that's the case the tail pages
> PG_dirty bit is meaningless (even if set, it's going to be clobbered
> during the physical split).
I got it during reviewing this patch. That's why I didn't argue
this patch would break MADV_FREE by deleting routine which propagate
dirty to pte of subpages. However, although it's useless, I prefer
not removing the transfer of dirty bit. Because it would help MADV_FREE
users who want to use smaps to know how many of pages are not freeable
(i.e, dirtied) since MADV_FREE although it is not 100% correct.
> In short PG_dirty is only meaningful in the head as long as it's
> compound. The physical split in __split_huge_page_tail transfer the
> head value to the tails like you mentioned, that's all as far as I can
Thanks for the comment. Then, this patch is to fix MADV_FREE's bug
which has lost dirty bit by transferring dirty bit too early.