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From: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
To: Jeremy Fitzhardinge <jeremy@goop.org>
Cc: Andi Kleen <ak@muc.de>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, virtualization@lists.osdl.org,
	xen-devel@lists.xensource.com, Chris Wright <chrisw@sous-sol.org>,
	Zachary Amsden <zach@vmware.com>,
	Ian Pratt <ian.pratt@xensource.com>,
	Christian Limpach <Christian.Limpach@cl.cam.ac.uk>,
	Jan Beulich <JBeulich@novell.com>
Subject: Re: [patch 12/21] Xen-paravirt: Allocate and free vmalloc areas
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 23:49:04 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20070215234904.f3fbcdf0.akpm@linux-foundation.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <45D55DB1.7040002@goop.org>

On Thu, 15 Feb 2007 23:30:57 -0800 Jeremy Fitzhardinge <jeremy@goop.org> wrote:

> > If you really need to run atomically, that gets ugly.  Even of one were to
> > run handle_mm_fault() by hand, it still needs to allocate memory.
> >
> > Two ugly options might be:
> >
> > a) touch all the pages, then go atomic, then touch them all again.  If
> >    one of them faults (ie: you raced with swapout) then go back and try
> >    again.  Obviously susceptible to livelocking.
> >
> > b) Do get_user_pages() against all the pages, then go atomic, then do
> >    put_page() against them all.  Of course, they can immediately get
> >    swapped out.
> >
> > But that function's already racy against swapout and I guess it works OK. 
> > I don't have clue what it is actually trying to do, so I'm guessing madly
> > here.
> >   
> 
> It's for populating the pagetable in a vmalloc area.  There's magic in
> the fault handler to synchronize the vmalloc mappings between different
> process's kernel mappings, so if the mapping isn't currently present, it
> will fault and create the appropriate mapping.  It's not operating on
> swappable user memory, so swapping isn't an issue; but if the fault
> handler exits immediately with preempt disabled, then there's a problem.
> 

oh, I see.  The vmalloc fault can run atomically.  In fact it can run at
hard iRQ.  So no probs (apart from the fact that it required an email
dialogue to work this out rather than reading the code, but I do go on).


  reply	other threads:[~2007-02-16  7:50 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 97+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-02-16  2:24 [patch 00/21] Xen-paravirt: Xen guest implementation for paravirt_ops interface Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:24 ` [patch 01/21] Xen-paravirt: Fix typo in sync_constant_test_bit()s name Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:24 ` [patch 02/21] Xen-paravirt: ignore vgacon if hardware not present Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:24 ` [patch 03/21] Xen-paravirt: Add pagetable accessors to pack and unpack pagetable entries Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:24 ` [patch 04/21] Xen-paravirt: =================================================================== Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  9:12   ` Andi Kleen
2007-02-16 17:32     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:24 ` [patch 05/21] Xen-paravirt: paravirt_ops: hooks to set up initial pagetable Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:24 ` [patch 06/21] Xen-paravirt: paravirt_ops: allocate a fixmap slot Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:24 ` [patch 07/21] Xen-paravirt: remove ctor for pgd cache Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  6:04   ` Zachary Amsden
2007-02-16  8:39   ` Pekka Enberg
2007-02-16  9:19     ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-16 17:19       ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16 20:33   ` Christoph Lameter
2007-02-16 23:33     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:24 ` [patch 08/21] Xen-paravirt: Allow paravirt backend to choose kernel PMD sharing Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:24 ` [patch 09/21] Xen-paravirt: Allow paravirt backend to select PGD allocation alignment Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:24 ` [patch 10/21] Xen-paravirt: add hooks to intercept mm creation and destruction Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  6:34   ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-16  6:55     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-22 20:16   ` Pavel Machek
2007-02-22 20:21     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-22 20:23     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:25 ` [patch 11/21] Xen-paravirt: Add apply_to_page_range() which applies a function to a pte range Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  6:37   ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-16  7:06     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  7:19       ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-16  7:23         ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  7:31     ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-16  2:25 ` [patch 12/21] Xen-paravirt: Allocate and free vmalloc areas Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  6:43   ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-16  7:08     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  7:24       ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-16  7:30         ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  7:49           ` Andrew Morton [this message]
2007-02-16  9:18           ` Andi Kleen
2007-02-16 11:10             ` [Xen-devel] " Keir Fraser
2007-02-16 11:34               ` Andi Kleen
2007-02-16 16:46             ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16 17:10               ` [Xen-devel] " Keir Fraser
2007-02-16 17:12                 ` Keir Fraser
2007-02-16 17:27                   ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16 19:06                     ` Keir Fraser
2007-02-16 19:19                       ` Keir Fraser
2007-02-16 19:26                         ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16 23:29                           ` Keir Fraser
2007-02-16 23:41                             ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16 17:26                 ` Hollis Blanchard
2007-02-16  7:48         ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-16  2:25 ` [patch 13/21] Xen-paravirt: Add nosegneg capability to the vsyscall page notes Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  6:06   ` Zachary Amsden
2007-02-16  2:25 ` [patch 14/21] Xen-paravirt: Add XEN config options and disable unsupported config options Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  6:14   ` Dan Hecht
2007-02-16  7:04     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  7:52       ` Dan Hecht
2007-02-16  8:05         ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  8:37           ` Dan Hecht
2007-02-16 10:49             ` Keir Fraser
2007-02-16  7:06     ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-16  7:25       ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16 10:09         ` Keir Fraser
2007-02-16 10:19           ` [Xen-devel] " Zachary Amsden
2007-02-16 10:44             ` Keir Fraser
2007-02-16 10:55               ` Zachary Amsden
2007-02-17  4:04             ` Rusty Russell
2007-02-16  6:15   ` Zachary Amsden
2007-02-16  7:33     ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-02-16  8:14       ` Ian Campbell
2007-02-16  8:24         ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-02-16  8:31           ` Zachary Amsden
2007-02-16 13:53       ` [Xen-devel] " Gerd Hoffmann
2007-02-18 11:32     ` Avi Kivity
2007-02-16  2:25 ` [patch 16/21] Xen-paravirt: Core Xen implementation Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:25 ` [patch 17/21] Xen-paravirt: Add the Xen virtual console driver Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  6:48   ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-16  2:25 ` [patch 18/21] Xen-paravirt: Add Xen grant table support Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  6:52   ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-16  6:58     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:25 ` [patch 19/21] Xen-paravirt: Add the Xenbus sysfs and virtual device hotplug driver Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:25 ` [patch 20/21] Xen-paravirt: Add Xen virtual block device driver Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  2:25 ` [patch 21/21] Xen-paravirt: Add the Xen virtual network " Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16  6:59 ` [patch 00/21] Xen-paravirt: Xen guest implementation for paravirt_ops interface Andrew Morton
2007-02-16  7:20   ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-16 20:49 ` Christoph Lameter
2007-02-16 21:04   ` Zachary Amsden
2007-02-16 21:13     ` Christoph Lameter
2007-02-16 21:48       ` Zachary Amsden
2007-02-16 21:59         ` Christoph Lameter
2007-02-16 22:10           ` Zachary Amsden
2007-02-17 13:51           ` Andi Kleen
2007-02-21 18:37             ` Christoph Lameter
2007-02-21 18:55               ` Zachary Amsden
2007-02-21 20:02               ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-17  5:05         ` Rusty Russell
2007-02-16 23:49   ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-02-17  4:58   ` Rusty Russell

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