Re: [PATCH] xen-blkback: use balloon pages for persistent grants

From: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
Date: Thu Feb 14 2013 - 21:52:28 EST

On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 04:02:43PM +0100, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
> On 14/02/13 14:23, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 11:12:09AM +0100, Roger Pau Monne wrote:
> >> With current persistent grants implementation we are not freeing the
> >> persistent grants after we disconnect the device. Since grant map
> >
> > Can you explain this in more details please? Isn't gnttab_set_unmap_op
> > in free_persistent_gnts doing the right job of putting in the right
> > mfn in? And then we could free the page?
> No, after gnttab_unmap_refs the page still points to the grant frame
> mfn. All the users of grant frames either have an internal buffer of
> pages that are reused (like blkback), or use balloon pages (like gntdev).
> I could probably modify gnttab_map to store the mfn and set it back at
> gnttab_unmap, but that will surely require more work than this simple fix.

Simple fix is what we want right now.
> >
> >
> >> operations change the mfn of the allocated page, and we can no longer
> >> pass it to __free_page without setting the mfn to a sane value, use
> >> balloon grant pages instead, as the gntdev device does.
> >
> >
> > Wow. I did not realize that we leaving such a huge memory leak behind!
> > But I guess that was never an issue as we would recycle those persistent
> > grants to other domains.
> No, we didn't recycle them AFAIK, we allocated them using alloc_page,
> passed them to gnttab_map, used them, and when closing the backend we
> only unmapped them, but they where never freed.

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