[Intel-gfx] [PATCH 2/5] kernel.h: Add non_block_start/end()

Daniel Vetter daniel at ffwll.ch
Thu Aug 15 20:16:43 UTC 2019

On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 9:35 PM Michal Hocko <mhocko at kernel.org> wrote:
> On Thu 15-08-19 16:18:10, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 09:05:25PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> >
> > > This is what you claim and I am saying that fs_reclaim is about a
> > > restricted reclaim context and it is an ugly hack. It has proven to
> > > report false positives. Maybe it can be extended to a generic reclaim.
> > > I haven't tried that. Do not aim to try it.
> >
> > Okay, great, I think this has been very helpful, at least for me,
> > thanks. I did not know fs_reclaim was so problematic, or the special
> > cases about OOM 'reclaim'.
> I am happy that this is more clear now.
> > On this patch, I have no general objection to enforcing drivers to be
> > non-blocking, I'd just like to see it done with the existing lockdep
> > can't sleep detection rather than inventing some new debugging for it.
> >
> > I understand this means the debugging requires lockdep enabled and
> > will not run in production, but I'm of the view that is OK and in line
> > with general kernel practice.
> Yes and I do agree with this in general.

So if someone can explain to me how that works with lockdep I can of
course implement it. But afaics that doesn't exist (I tried to explain
that somewhere else already), and I'm no really looking forward to
hacking also on lockdep for this little series.

> > The last detail is I'm still unclear what a GFP flags a blockable
> > invalidate_range_start() should use. Is GFP_KERNEL OK?
> I hope I will not make this muddy again ;)
> invalidate_range_start in the blockable mode can use/depend on any sleepable
> allocation allowed in the context it is called from. So in other words
> it is no different from any other function in the kernel that calls into
> allocator. As the API is missing gfp context then I hope it is not
> called from any restricted contexts (except from the oom which we have
> !blockable for).

Hm, that's new to me. I thought mmu notifiers very much can be called
from direct reclaim paths, so you have to be extremely careful with
getting back into that one. At least the lockdep splats I remember
also tend to have fs_reclaim in there, that's where all the fun comes

> > Lockdep has
> > complained on that in past due to fs_reclaim - how do you know if it
> > is a false positive?
> I would have to see the specific lockdep splat.

I guess the lockdep annotation for invalidate_range_start carries the
same risks as the fs_reclaim annotation. Still feels like worth it.
Daniel Vetter
Software Engineer, Intel Corporation
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