Re: [PATCH v3 07/12] mm/debug_vm_pgtable: Use struct pgtable_debug_args in PTE modifying tests

From: Gavin Shan
Date: Fri Jul 23 2021 - 00:23:36 EST

Hi Anshuman,

On 7/23/21 12:39 PM, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
On 7/22/21 12:07 PM, Gavin Shan wrote:

        pgdp = pgd_offset(mm, vaddr);
      p4dp = p4d_alloc(mm, pgdp, vaddr);
@@ -1272,11 +1275,11 @@ static int __init debug_vm_pgtable(void)
       * Page table modifying tests. They need to hold
       * proper page table lock.
-    ptep = pte_offset_map_lock(mm, pmdp, vaddr, &ptl);
-    pte_clear_tests(mm, ptep, pte_aligned, vaddr, prot);
-    pte_advanced_tests(mm, vma, ptep, pte_aligned, vaddr, prot);
-    pte_unmap_unlock(ptep, ptl);
+    ptl = pte_lockptr(, args.pmdp);
+    spin_lock(ptl);
+    pte_clear_tests(&args);
+    pte_advanced_tests(&args);
+    spin_unlock(ptl);

Why pte_offset_map_lock()/pte_unmap_unlock() has been dropped and
spin_lock()/spin_unlock() sequence has been added ? Please dont
change the tests in these patches.

The semantics of pte_offset_map_lock() is to grab and take the lock
and return the PTE entry, which is mapped if needed. We already had
the PTE entry tracked by args->ptep in init_args(). So some of the
operations covered by pte_offset_map_lock() isn't needed any more

To keep the patch on purpose, please avoid this change here. But if
required, you could send a follow up patch later.

In order to use pte_offset_map_lock() and pte_unmap_unlock(), we need
a temporary variable @ptep to store the return value from pte_offset_map_lock().
The temporary variable @ptep is passed to pte_unmap_unlock(). It means
we just need the temporary variable to keep the original implementation
in this regard. I will keep pte_offset_map_lock() and pte_unmap_unlock()
in v4.

If we really want to remove the temporary variable (@ptep), we can do it
after this series gets merged.