Re: [RFC PATCH v2 1/3] mm/gup: fix gup_fast with dynamic page table folding

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Thu Sep 10 2020 - 14:34:41 EST

On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 11:13 AM Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> So.. To change away from the stack option I think we'd have to pass
> the READ_ONCE value to pXX_offset() as an extra argument instead of it
> derefing the pointer internally.

Yeah, but I think that would actually be the better model than passing
an address to a random stack location.

It's also effectively what we do in some other places, eg the whole
logic with "orig" in the regular pte fault handling is basically doing
unlocked loads of the pte, various decisions on that, and then doing a
final "is this still the same pte" after it has gotten the page table

(And yes, those other pte fault handling cases are different, since
they _do_ hold the mmap lock, so they know the page *tables* are
stable, and it's only the last level that then gets re-checked against
the pte once the pte itself has also been stabilized with the page
table lock).

So I think it would actually be a better conceptual match to make the
page table walking interface be "here, this is the value I read once
carefully, and this is the address, now give me the next address".

The folded case would then just return the address it was given, and
the non-folded case would return the inner page table based on the

I dunno. I don't actually feel all that strongly about this, so
whatever works, I guess.