Re: ARM/kirkwood: v3.12-rc6: kernel BUG at mm/util.c:390!

From: Simon Baatz
Date: Sun Oct 27 2013 - 10:18:29 EST

Hi Russell,

On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 01:53:44PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 09:16:53PM +0800, Ming Lei wrote:
> > On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:50 PM, Aaro Koskinen <aaro.koskinen@xxxxxx> wrote:
> > >
> So...
> flush_kernel_dcache_page() is expected to take a struct page pointer.
> This struct page pointer is part of the kernel's array of struct pages
> which identifies every single physical page under the control of the
> kernel.
> Arguably, it should not crash if passed a page which has been allocated
> to the slab cache; as this is not a page cache page,
> flush_kernel_dcache_page() should merely ignore the call to it and
> simply return on these. So this makes total sense:

In this respect, flush_kernel_dcache_page() is following
flush_dcache_page(). For example in crypto/scatterwalk.c:

static void scatterwalk_pagedone(struct scatter_walk *walk, int out,
unsigned int more)
if (out) {
struct page *page;

page = sg_page(walk->sg) + ((walk->offset - 1) >>
if (!PageSlab(page))

or in drivers/ata/libata-sff.c:

if (!do_write && !PageSlab(page))

(Probably, both cases should have used
flush_kernel_dcache_page() in the first place). If we say that this
check belongs in flush_kernel_dcache_page() we should also put it
into flush_dcache_page(), no?

- Simon
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