[PATCH v7 3/6] mm: Introduce VM_LOCKONFAULT
vbabka at suse.cz
Mon Aug 24 07:27:55 PDT 2015
On 08/24/2015 03:50 PM, Konstantin Khlebnikov wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM, Vlastimil Babka <vbabka at suse.cz> wrote:
>> On 08/24/2015 12:17 PM, Konstantin Khlebnikov wrote:
>>>> I am in the middle of implementing lock on fault this way, but I cannot
>>>> see how we will hanlde mremap of a lock on fault region. Say we have
>>>> the following:
>>>> addr = mmap(len, MAP_ANONYMOUS, ...);
>>>> mlock(addr, len, MLOCK_ONFAULT);
>>>> mremap(addr, len, 2 * len, ...)
>>>> There is no way for mremap to know that the area being remapped was lock
>>>> on fault so it will be locked and prefaulted by remap. How can we avoid
>>>> this without tracking per vma if it was locked with lock or lock on
>>> remap can count filled ptes and prefault only completely populated areas.
>> Does (and should) mremap really prefault non-present pages? Shouldn't it
>> just prepare the page tables and that's it?
> As I see mremap prefaults pages when it extends mlocked area.
> Also quote from manpage
> : If the memory segment specified by old_address and old_size is locked
> : (using mlock(2) or similar), then this lock is maintained when the segment is
> : resized and/or relocated. As a consequence, the amount of memory locked
> : by the process may change.
Oh, right... Well that looks like a convincing argument for having a
sticky VM_LOCKONFAULT after all. Having mremap guess by scanning
existing pte's would slow it down, and be unreliable (was the area
completely populated because MLOCK_ONFAULT was not used or because the
process aulted it already? Was it not populated because MLOCK_ONFAULT
was used, or because mmap(MAP_LOCKED) failed to populate it all?).
The only sane alternative is to populate always for mremap() of
VM_LOCKED areas, and document this loss of MLOCK_ONFAULT information as
a limitation of mlock2(MLOCK_ONFAULT). Which might or might not be
enough for Eric's usecase, but it's somewhat ugly.
>>> There might be a problem after failed populate: remap will handle them
>>> as lock on fault. In this case we can fill ptes with swap-like non-present
>>> entries to remember that fact and count them as should-be-locked pages.
>> I don't think we should strive to have mremap try to fix the inherent
>> unreliability of mmap (MAP_POPULATE)?
> I don't think so. MAP_POPULATE works only when mmap happens.
> Flag MREMAP_POPULATE might be a good idea. Just for symmetry.
Maybe, but please do it as a separate series.
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