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Date:	Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:15:07 -0700
From:	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
To:	Robin Holt <holt@....com>
Cc:	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, Alex Thorlton <athorlton@....com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Sys V shared memory limited to 8TiB.

On Tue, 9 Apr 2013 21:39:24 -0500 Robin Holt <holt@....com> wrote:

> Trying to run an application which was trying to put data into half
> of memory using shmget(), we found that having a shmall value below
> 8EiB-8TiB would prevent us from using anything more than 8TiB.  By setting
> kernel.shmall greater that 8EiB-8TiB would make the job work.
> 
> In the newseg() function, ns->shm_tot which, at 8TiB is INT_MAX.

You have way too much memory.

> ipc/shm.c:
>  458 static int newseg(struct ipc_namespace *ns, struct ipc_params *params)
>  459 {
> ...
>  465         int numpages = (size + PAGE_SIZE -1) >> PAGE_SHIFT;
> ...
>  474         if (ns->shm_tot + numpages > ns->shm_ctlall)
>  475                 return -ENOSPC;
>
> ...
>
> --- a/include/linux/ipc_namespace.h
> +++ b/include/linux/ipc_namespace.h
> @@ -43,8 +43,8 @@ struct ipc_namespace {
>  
>  	size_t		shm_ctlmax;
>  	size_t		shm_ctlall;
> +	unsigned long	shm_tot;
>  	int		shm_ctlmni;
> -	int		shm_tot;
>  	/*
>  	 * Defines whether IPC_RMID is forced for _all_ shm segments regardless
>  	 * of shmctl()

I reviewed everything for fallout from this and don't see any obvious
issues.

I do wonder about the appropriateness of the unsigned long type.  Most
(but by no means all) code in this area uses size_t, and the
above-quoted ns->shm_ctlall is size_t.

And the above-quoted num_pages is `int'.  Both the size and signedness
of `int' make no sense - what happens if the incoming ipc_params.u.size
is >2G?

So I'll add this, and ask whether ipc_namespace.shm_tot should be size_t?

--- a/ipc/shm.c~ipc-sysv-shared-memory-limited-to-8tib-fix
+++ a/ipc/shm.c
@@ -462,7 +462,7 @@ static int newseg(struct ipc_namespace *
 	size_t size = params->u.size;
 	int error;
 	struct shmid_kernel *shp;
-	int numpages = (size + PAGE_SIZE -1) >> PAGE_SHIFT;
+	size_t numpages = (size + PAGE_SIZE - 1) >> PAGE_SHIFT;
 	struct file * file;
 	char name[13];
 	int id;
_

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