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Date:	Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:28:12 -0800
From:	Hugh Dickins <>
To:	Michel Lespinasse <>
Cc:, Lee Schermerhorn <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <>,
	Rik van Riel <>,
	Andrea Arcangeli <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] mlock: fix race when munlocking pages in do_wp_page()

On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 4:47 PM, Michel Lespinasse <> wrote:
> vmscan can lazily find pages that are mapped within VM_LOCKED vmas,
> and set the PageMlocked bit on these pages, transfering them onto the
> unevictable list. When do_wp_page() breaks COW within a VM_LOCKED vma,
> it may need to clear PageMlocked on the old page and set it on the
> new page instead.
> This change fixes an issue where do_wp_page() was clearing PageMlocked on
> the old page while the pte was still pointing to it (as well as rmap).
> Therefore, we were not protected against vmscan immediately trasnfering
> the old page back onto the unevictable list. This could cause pages to
> get stranded there forever.
> I propose to move the corresponding code to the end of do_wp_page(),
> after the pte (and rmap) have been pointed to the new page. Additionally,
> we can use munlock_vma_page() instead of clear_page_mlock(), so that
> the old page stays mlocked if there are still other VM_LOCKED vmas
> mapping it.
> Signed-off-by: Michel Lespinasse <>

Acked-by: Hugh Dickins <>

(but I have to say, do_wp_page() grows even ughlier!)
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