[PATCH 1/5] mm: Check if mmu notifier callbacks are allowed to fail

Ralph Campbell rcampbell at nvidia.com
Wed Aug 14 23:34:58 UTC 2019

On 8/14/19 3:14 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Aug 2019 22:20:23 +0200 Daniel Vetter <daniel.vetter at ffwll.ch> wrote:
>> Just a bit of paranoia, since if we start pushing this deep into
>> callchains it's hard to spot all places where an mmu notifier
>> implementation might fail when it's not allowed to.
>> Inspired by some confusion we had discussing i915 mmu notifiers and
>> whether we could use the newly-introduced return value to handle some
>> corner cases. Until we realized that these are only for when a task
>> has been killed by the oom reaper.
>> An alternative approach would be to split the callback into two
>> versions, one with the int return value, and the other with void
>> return value like in older kernels. But that's a lot more churn for
>> fairly little gain I think.
>> Summary from the m-l discussion on why we want something at warning
>> level: This allows automated tooling in CI to catch bugs without
>> humans having to look at everything. If we just upgrade the existing
>> pr_info to a pr_warn, then we'll have false positives. And as-is, no
>> one will ever spot the problem since it's lost in the massive amounts
>> of overall dmesg noise.
>> ...
>> --- a/mm/mmu_notifier.c
>> +++ b/mm/mmu_notifier.c
>> @@ -179,6 +179,8 @@ int __mmu_notifier_invalidate_range_start(struct mmu_notifier_range *range)
>>   				pr_info("%pS callback failed with %d in %sblockable context.\n",
>>   					mn->ops->invalidate_range_start, _ret,
>>   					!mmu_notifier_range_blockable(range) ? "non-" : "");
>> +				WARN_ON(mmu_notifier_range_blockable(range) ||
>> +					ret != -EAGAIN);
>>   				ret = _ret;
>>   			}
>>   		}
> A problem with WARN_ON(a || b) is that if it triggers, we don't know
> whether it was because of a or because of b.  Or both.  So I'd suggest
> 	WARN_ON(a);
> 	WARN_ON(b);

This won't quite work. It is OK to have 
mmu_notifier_range_blockable(range) be true or false.
sync_cpu_device_pagetables() shouldn't return
-EAGAIN unless blockable is true.

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