Re: [PATCH v3 3/3] vfio-pci: Invalidate mmaps and block MMIO access on disabled memory
From: Jason Gunthorpe
Date: Mon May 25 2020 - 10:46:55 EST
On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 10:28:06AM -0400, Peter Xu wrote:
> On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 09:26:07AM -0300, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> > On Sat, May 23, 2020 at 07:52:57PM -0400, Peter Xu wrote:
> > > For what I understand now, IMHO we should still need all those handlings of
> > > FAULT_FLAG_RETRY_NOWAIT like in the initial version. E.g., IIUC KVM gup will
> > > try with FOLL_NOWAIT when async is allowed, before the complete slow path. I'm
> > > not sure what would be the side effect of that if fault() blocked it. E.g.,
> > > the caller could be in an atomic context.
> > AFAICT FAULT_FLAG_RETRY_NOWAIT only impacts what happens when
> > VM_FAULT_RETRY is returned, which this doesn't do?
> Yes, that's why I think we should still properly return VM_FAULT_RETRY if
> needed.. because IMHO it is still possible that the caller calls with
> My understanding is that FAULT_FLAG_RETRY_NOWAIT majorly means:
> - We cannot release the mmap_sem, and,
> - We cannot sleep
Sleeping looks fine, look at any FS implementation of fault, say,
xfs. The first thing it does is xfs_ilock() which does down_write().
I can't say when VM_FAULT_RETRY comes into play, but it is not so
simple as just sleeping..