Re: [PATCH] mm: fix hugetlb page unmap count balance issue

From: Mike Kravetz
Date: Mon May 15 2023 - 13:07:57 EST

On 05/12/23 16:29, Mike Kravetz wrote:
> On 05/12/23 14:26, James Houghton wrote:
> > On Fri, May 12, 2023 at 12:20 AM Junxiao Chang <junxiao.chang@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > This alone doesn't fix mapcounting for PTE-mapped HugeTLB pages. You
> > need something like [1]. I can resend it if that's what we should be
> > doing, but this mapcounting scheme doesn't work when the page structs
> > have been freed.
> >
> > It seems like it was a mistake to include support for hugetlb memfds in udmabuf.
> IIUC, it was added with commit 16c243e99d33 udmabuf: Add support for mapping
> hugepages (v4). Looks like it was never sent to linux-mm? That is unfortunate
> as hugetlb vmemmap freeing went in at about the same time. And, as you have
> noted udmabuf will not work if hugetlb vmemmap freeing is enabled.
> Sigh!
> Trying to think of a way forward.
> --
> Mike Kravetz
> >
> > [1]:
> >
> > - James

Adding people and list on Cc: involved with commit 16c243e99d33.

There are several issues with trying to map tail pages of hugetllb pages
not taken into account with udmabuf. James spent quite a bit of time trying
to understand and address all the issues with the HGM code. While using
the scheme proposed by James, may be an approach to the mapcount issue there
are also other issues that need attention. For example, I do not see how
the fault code checks the state of the hugetlb page (such as poison) as none
of that state is carried in tail pages.

The more I think about it, the more I think udmabuf should treat hugetlb
pages as hugetlb pages. They should be mapped at the appropriate level
in the page table. Of course, this would impose new restrictions on the
API (mmap and ioctl) that may break existing users. I have no idea how
extensively udmabuf is being used with hugetlb mappings.
Mike Kravetz