On Fri, May 23, 2003 at 06:47:31PM +0100, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> On Fri, 23 May 2003, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > On Friday 23 May 2003 18:21, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> > > Sorry, I miss the point of this patch entirely. At the moment it just
> > > looks like an unattractive rearrangement - the code churn akpm advised
> > > against - with no bearing on that vmtruncate race. Please correct me.
> > This is all about supporting cross-host mmap (nice trick, huh?). Yes,
> > somebody should post a detailed rfc on that subject.
> Ah, thanks - translated into terms that I can understand, so that
> some ->nopage() not yet in the tree could do something after the
> install_new_page() returns. Hmm. Can we be sure it's appropriate
> for install_new_page to drop mm->page_table_lock before it returns?
Exactly -- allows a ->nopage() to drop some lock to avoid races
between pagefault and either vmtruncate() or invalidate_mmap_range().
This race (from the cross-host mmap viewpoint) is described in:
install_new_page() has to drop mm->page_table_lock() for the same
reason that the previous do_no_page() did. In addition, dropping
the lock permits a ->nopage() to invoke things like zap_page_range()
which acquire mm->page_table_lock().
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