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From: Souptick Joarder <jrdr.linux@gmail.com>
To: John Hubbard <jhubbard@nvidia.com>
Cc: "Andrew Morton" <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	"Michael S . Tsirkin" <mst@redhat.com>,
	"Jason Wang" <jasowang@redhat.com>,
	"Vlastimil Babka" <vbabka@suse.cz>,
	"Jérôme Glisse" <jglisse@redhat.com>, "Jan Kara" <jack@suse.cz>,
	"Dave Chinner" <david@fromorbit.com>,
	"Jonathan Corbet" <corbet@lwn.net>,
	linux-doc@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org>,
	kvm@vger.kernel.org, virtualization@lists.linux-foundation.org,
	netdev@vger.kernel.org, LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Linux-MM <linux-mm@kvack.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] docs: mm/gup: pin_user_pages.rst: add a "case 5"
Date: Sun, 31 May 2020 12:41:19 +0530	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAFqt6zaCSngh7-N_qZ6-S3Cj8CHF8DTSPv8anP_oJg5E6UWu9g@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200529234309.484480-2-jhubbard@nvidia.com>

On Sat, May 30, 2020 at 5:13 AM John Hubbard <jhubbard@nvidia.com> wrote:
>
> There are four cases listed in pin_user_pages.rst. These are
> intended to help developers figure out whether to use
> get_user_pages*(), or pin_user_pages*(). However, the four cases
> do not cover all the situations. For example, drivers/vhost/vhost.c
> has a "pin, write to page, set page dirty, unpin" case.
>
> Add a fifth case, to help explain that there is a general pattern
> that requires pin_user_pages*() API calls.
>
> Cc: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz>
> Cc: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
> Cc: Jérôme Glisse <jglisse@redhat.com>
> Cc: Dave Chinner <david@fromorbit.com>
> Cc: Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>
> Cc: linux-doc@vger.kernel.org
> Cc: linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org
> Signed-off-by: John Hubbard <jhubbard@nvidia.com>
> ---
>  Documentation/core-api/pin_user_pages.rst | 20 ++++++++++++++++++++
>  1 file changed, 20 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/Documentation/core-api/pin_user_pages.rst b/Documentation/core-api/pin_user_pages.rst
> index 4675b04e8829..b9f2688a2c67 100644
> --- a/Documentation/core-api/pin_user_pages.rst
> +++ b/Documentation/core-api/pin_user_pages.rst
> @@ -171,6 +171,26 @@ If only struct page data (as opposed to the actual memory contents that a page
>  is tracking) is affected, then normal GUP calls are sufficient, and neither flag
>  needs to be set.
>
> +CASE 5: Pinning in order to write to the data within the page
> +-------------------------------------------------------------
> +Even though neither DMA nor Direct IO is involved, just a simple case of "pin,
> +access page's data, unpin" can cause a problem.

Will it be, *"pin, access page's data, set page dirty, unpin" * ?

Case 5 may be considered a
> +superset of Case 1, plus Case 2, plus anything that invokes that pattern. In
> +other words, if the code is neither Case 1 nor Case 2, it may still require
> +FOLL_PIN, for patterns like this:
> +
> +Correct (uses FOLL_PIN calls):
> +    pin_user_pages()
> +    access the data within the pages
> +    set_page_dirty_lock()
> +    unpin_user_pages()
> +
> +INCORRECT (uses FOLL_GET calls):
> +    get_user_pages()
> +    access the data within the pages
> +    set_page_dirty_lock()
> +    put_page()
> +
>  page_maybe_dma_pinned(): the whole point of pinning
>  ===================================================
>
> --
> 2.26.2
>

  reply	other threads:[~2020-05-31  7:03 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-05-29 23:43 [PATCH 0/2] vhost, docs: convert to pin_user_pages(), new " John Hubbard
2020-05-29 23:43 ` [PATCH 1/2] docs: mm/gup: pin_user_pages.rst: add a " John Hubbard
2020-05-31  7:11   ` Souptick Joarder [this message]
2020-06-01  5:11     ` John Hubbard
2020-06-12 19:24   ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-06-12 20:03     ` John Hubbard
2020-05-29 23:43 ` [PATCH 2/2] vhost: convert get_user_pages() --> pin_user_pages() John Hubbard
2020-06-01 11:30   ` Jan Kara
2020-06-02  4:22   ` Michael S. Tsirkin

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