Re: [PATCH] Fix OOPS in mmap_region() when merging adjacent VM_LOCKEDfile segments

From: Hugh Dickins
Date: Fri Jan 30 2009 - 15:34:47 EST

On Fri, 30 Jan 2009, Lee Schermerhorn wrote:
> I tried this patch atop 29-rc3 + your patch from yesterday with my
> simple test program at http://free.linux/
> The test program shows the /proc/<pid>/maps before and after the mmap
> and attempted merge. It's not merging:
> 7fd20a668000-7fd20a66a000 rw-p 7fd20a668000 00:00 0
> 7fd20a68a000-7fd20a68b000 r--s 00000000 68:23 6608852 /tmp/tmpfVx1SFL (deleted)
> 7fd20a68b000-7fd20a68c000 r--s 00001000 68:23 6608852 /tmp/tmpfVx1SFL (deleted)
> 7fd20a68c000-7fd20a690000 rw-p 7fd20a68c000 00:00 0

Some testing - now that's a great idea! Good spotting.

> Ad hoc instrumentation shows that it's the VM_ACCOUNT flag that is
> different between the existing file segment and the one attempting the
> merge:
> is_mergeable_vma: !mergable: vma flags: 0x80020f9:0x1020f9
> +-----------VM_CAN_NONLINEAR

Sorry, I should have noticed that: VM_ACCOUNT was certainly on my
mind as a flag that gives trouble when merging vmas, but I'd
misconvinced myself that it wasn't a problem in this case.

> So happens, I'm mapping with MAP_SHARED, so the VM_ACCOUNT flag gets
> cleared later in mmap_region(). Comments say that this is for checking
> memory availability during shmem_file_setup(). Maybe we can move the
> temporary setting of VM_ACCOUNT until just before the call to
> shmem_zero_setup()?

Please let me think on that - we can live with the status quo for
the moment. I need to remind myself why I used that peculiar way
of conveying info from mmap.c to shmem.c: the right answer may be
just to pass another arg to shmem_zero_setup and shmem_file_setup.

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