Re: objrmap-core-1 (rmap removal for file mappings to avoid 4:4 in <=16G machines)

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Wed Mar 10 2004 - 06:37:02 EST

* Andrea Arcangeli <andrea@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> the quality of such objrmap patch is still better than rmap. The DoS
> thing is doable with vmtruncate too in any kernel out there.

objrmap for now has a serious problem: test-mmap3.c locked up my box (i
couldnt switch text consoles for 30 minutes when i turned the box off).

I'm sure you'll fix it and i'm looking forward seeing it. However, i'd
like to see the full fix instead of a promise to have this fixed
sometime the future. There are valid application workloads that trigger
_worse_ vma patterns than test-mmap3.c does (UML being one such thing,
Oracle with indirect buffer-cache another - i'm sure there are other
apps too.). Calling these applications 'exploits' doesnt help in
getting this thing fixed. There's no problem with keeping this patchset
separate until it's regression-free.

> merging objrmap is the first step. Any other effort happens on top of
> it.

i'd like to see that effort combined with this code, and the full
picture. Since this 'DoS property' is created by the current concept of
the patch, it's not a 'bug' that is easily fixed so we must not (and
cannot) sign up for it blindly, without seeing the full impact. But
yes, it might be fixable. Anyway - the 2.6 kernel is a stable tree and
i'm sure you know that avoiding regression is more important than
anything else.

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