[PATCH v2 10/10] kernel: might_fault does not imply might_sleep

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Date: Thu May 16 2013 - 07:19:34 EST

There are several ways to make sure might_fault
calling function does not sleep.
One is to use it on kernel or otherwise locked memory - apparently
nfs/sunrpc does this. As noted by Ingo, this is handled by the
migh_fault() implementation in mm/memory.c but not the one in
linux/kernel.h so in the current code might_fault() schedules
differently depending on CONFIG_PROVE_LOCKING, which is an undesired
semantical side effect.

Another is to call pagefault_disable: in this case the page fault
handler will go to fixups processing and we get an error instead of
sleeping, so the might_sleep annotation is a false positive.
vhost driver wants to do this now in order to reuse socket ops
under a spinlock (and fall back on slower thread handler
on error).

Address both issues by:
- dropping the unconditional call to might_sleep
from the fast might_fault code in linux/kernel.h
- checking for pagefault_disable() in the

Signed-off-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@xxxxxxxxxx>
include/linux/kernel.h | 1 -
mm/memory.c | 14 +++++++++-----
2 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/kernel.h b/include/linux/kernel.h
index e96329c..322b065 100644
--- a/include/linux/kernel.h
+++ b/include/linux/kernel.h
@@ -198,7 +198,6 @@ void might_fault(void);
static inline void might_fault(void)
- might_sleep();

diff --git a/mm/memory.c b/mm/memory.c
index 6dc1882..1b8327b 100644
--- a/mm/memory.c
+++ b/mm/memory.c
@@ -4222,13 +4222,17 @@ void might_fault(void)
if (segment_eq(get_fs(), KERNEL_DS))

- might_sleep();
- * it would be nicer only to annotate paths which are not under
- * pagefault_disable, however that requires a larger audit and
- * providing helpers like get_user_atomic.
+ * It would be nicer to annotate paths which are under preempt_disable
+ * but not under pagefault_disable, however that requires a new flag
+ * for differentiating between the two.
- if (!in_atomic() && current->mm)
+ if (in_atomic())
+ return;
+ might_sleep();
+ if (current->mm)
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