Re: [PATCH 3/4] filemap: drop the mmap_sem for all blocking operations

From: Jan Kara
Date: Tue Dec 11 2018 - 11:38:22 EST

On Tue 11-12-18 11:08:53, Josef Bacik wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 10:40:34AM +0100, Jan Kara wrote:
> > > The lock_page_or_retry() case in particular gets hit a lot with
> > > multi-threaded applications that got paged out because of heavy memory
> > > pressure. By no means is it as high as just the normal readpage or
> > > readahead cases, but it's not 0, so I'd rather have the extra helper here
> > > to make sure we're never getting screwed.
> >
> > Do you mean the case where we the page is locked in filemap_fault() (so
> > that lock_page_or_retry() bails after waiting) and when the page becomes
> > unlocked it is not uptodate? Because that is the reason why you opencode
> > lock_page_or_retry(), right? I'm not aware of any normal code path that
> > would create page in page cache and not try to fill it with data before
> > unlocking it so that's why I'm really trying to make sure we understand
> > each other.
> Uhh so that's embarressing. We have an internal patchset that I thought
> was upstream but hasn't come along yet. Basically before this patchset
> the way we dealt with this problem was to short-circuit readahead IO's by
> checking to see if the blkcg was congested (or if there was a fatal
> signal pending) and doing bio_wouldblock_error on the bio. So this very
> case came up a lot, readahead would go through because it got in before
> we were congested, but would then get throttled, and then once the
> throttling was over would get aborted. Other threads would run into
> these pages that had been locked, but they are never read in which means
> they waited for the lock to be dropped, did the VM_FAULT_RETRY, came back
> unable to drop the mmap_sem and did the actual readpage() and would get
> throttled.

OK, I'm somewhat unsure why we throttle on bios that actually get aborted
but that's a separate discussion over a different patches. Overall it makes
sense that some submitted readahead may actually get aborted on congestion
and thus unlocked pages will not be uptodate. So I agree that this case is
actually reasonably likely to happen. Just please mention case like aborted
readahead in the comment so that we don't wonder about the reason in a few
years again.

Jan Kara <jack@xxxxxxxx>