Re: [PATCH v3] mm: warn about VmData over RLIMIT_DATA

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Tue Jan 26 2016 - 17:49:33 EST

On Sat, 23 Jan 2016 23:52:29 +0300 Konstantin Khlebnikov <koct9i@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> This patch fixes 84638335900f ("mm: rework virtual memory accounting")

uh, I think I'll rewrite this to

: This patch provides a way of working around a slight regression introduced
: by 84638335900f ("mm: rework virtual memory accounting").

> Before that commit RLIMIT_DATA have control only over size of the brk region.
> But that change have caused problems with all existing versions of valgrind,
> because it set RLIMIT_DATA to zero.
> This patch fixes rlimit check (limit actually in bytes, not pages)
> and by default turns it into warning which prints at first VmData misuse:
> "mmap: top (795): VmData 516096 exceed data ulimit 512000. Will be forbidden soon."
> Behavior is controlled by boot param ignore_rlimit_data=y/n and by sysfs
> /sys/module/kernel/parameters/ignore_rlimit_data. For now it set to "y".
> ...
> +static inline bool is_data_mapping(vm_flags_t flags)
> +{
> + return (flags & ((VM_STACK_FLAGS & (VM_GROWSUP | VM_GROWSDOWN)) |
> +}

This (copied from existing code) hurts my brain. We're saying "if it
isn't stack and it's unshared and writable, it's data", yes?

hm. I guess that's because with a shared mapping we don't know who to
blame for the memory consumption so we blame nobody. But what about
non-shared read-only mappings?

Can we please have a comment here fully explaining the thinking?