Re: [PATCH] fix page_count in ->iomap_migrate_page()

From: Gao Xiang
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 - 07:26:45 EST

Hi Richard,

On 2018/12/14 19:25, Richard Weinberger wrote:
> This is the third place which needs this workaround.
> UBIFS, F2FS, and now iomap.
> I agree with Dave that nobody can assume that PG_private implies an additional
> page reference.
> But page migration does that. Including parts of the write back code.

It seems that it's clearly documented in

* A pagecache page contains an opaque `private' member, which belongs to the
* page's address_space. Usually, this is the address of a circular list of
* the page's disk buffers. PG_private must be set to tell the VM to call
* into the filesystem to release these pages.
* A page may belong to an inode's memory mapping. In this case, page->mapping
* is the pointer to the inode, and page->index is the file offset of the page,
* in units of PAGE_SIZE.
* If pagecache pages are not associated with an inode, they are said to be
* anonymous pages. These may become associated with the swapcache, and in that
* case PG_swapcache is set, and page->private is an offset into the swapcache.
* In either case (swapcache or inode backed), the pagecache itself holds one
* reference to the page. Setting PG_private should also increment the
* refcount. The each user mapping also has a reference to the page.

and when I looked into that, I found

Gao Xiang