Re: [PATCH] mm: get rid of WARN if failed to cow user pages

From: Jeff Moyer
Date: Tue Feb 18 2020 - 16:09:47 EST

Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@xxxxxxxxx> writes:

> [ drop Ross, add Kirill, linux-mm, and lkml ]
> On Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 9:42 PM Murphy Zhou <jencce.kernel@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> By running xfstests with fsdax enabled, generic/437 always hits this
>> warning[1] since this commit:
>> commit 83d116c53058d505ddef051e90ab27f57015b025
>> Author: Jia He <justin.he@xxxxxxx>
>> Date: Fri Oct 11 22:09:39 2019 +0800
>> mm: fix double page fault on arm64 if PTE_AF is cleared
>> Looking at the test program[2] generic/437 uses, it's pretty easy
>> to hit this warning. Remove this WARN as it seems not necessary.
> This is not sufficient justification. Does this same test fail without
> DAX? If not, why not? At a minimum you need to explain why this is not
> indicating a problem.

I ran into this, too, and Kirill has posted a patch[1] to fix the issue.
Note that it's a potential data corrupter, so just removing the warning
is NOT the right approach. :)