Re: [PATCH 3/3] dax: Handle write faults more efficiently

From: Matthew Wilcox
Date: Tue Jan 26 2016 - 23:17:15 EST

On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 09:38:19AM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 9:25 AM, Matthew Wilcox
> <matthew.r.wilcox@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > From: Matthew Wilcox <willy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > When we handle a write-fault on a DAX mapping, we currently insert a
> > read-only mapping and then take the page fault again to convert it to
> > a writable mapping. This is necessary for the case where we cover a
> > hole with a read-only zero page, but when we have a data block already
> > allocated, it is inefficient.
> >
> > Use the recently added vmf_insert_pfn_prot() to insert a writable mapping,
> > even though the default VM flags say to use a read-only mapping.
> Conceptually, I like this. Do you need to make sure to do all the
> do_wp_page work, though? (E.g. we currently update mtime in there.
> Some day I'll fix that, but it'll be replaced with a set_bit to force
> a deferred mtime update.)

We update mtime in the ->fault handler of filesystems which support DAX
like this:

if (vmf->flags & FAULT_FLAG_WRITE) {

so I think we're covered.