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Date:   Tue, 22 Jun 2021 11:51:51 -0700
From:   Nadav Amit <nadav.amit@...il.com>
To:     Matthew Wilcox <willy@...radead.org>
Cc:     Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
        David Howells <dhowells@...hat.com>,
        Al Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>, Ted Ts'o <tytso@....edu>,
        Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@...ux.intel.com>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Linux-MM <linux-mm@...ck.org>,
        Ext4 Developers List <linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org>,
        linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: Do we need to unrevert "fs: do not prefault sys_write() user
 buffer pages"?



> On Jun 22, 2021, at 11:36 AM, Matthew Wilcox <willy@...radead.org> wrote:
> 
> On Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 11:28:30AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 11:23 AM Matthew Wilcox <willy@...radead.org> wrote:
>>> 
>>> It wouldn't be _that_ bad necessarily.  filemap_fault:
>> 
>> It's not actually the mm code that is the biggest problem. We
>> obviously already have readahead support.
>> 
>> It's the *fault* side.
>> 
>> In particular, since the fault would return without actually filling
>> in the page table entry (because the page isn't ready yet, and you
>> cannot expose it to other threads!), you also have to jump over the
>> instruction that caused this all.
> 
> Oh, I was assuming that it'd be a function call like
> get_user_pages_fast(), not an instruction that was specially marked to
> be jumped over.  Gag reflex diminishing now?

Just reminding the alternative (in the RFC that I mentioned before):
a vDSO exception table entry for a memory accessing function in the
vDSO. It then behaves as a sort of MADV_WILLNEED for the faulting
page if an exception is triggered. Unlike MADV_WILLNEED it maps the
page if no IO is needed. It can return through a register whether
the page was present or not.

I once implemented (another) alternative, in which the ELF had a section
with an exception-table (holding all the “Async-#PF” instructions),
which described where to skip to if a #PF occurs, but this solution
seemed too heavy-weight/intrusive.

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