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Date:   Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:05:29 -0800
From:   Dan Williams <>
Cc:     Inki Dae <>, Jan Kara <>,
        Joonyoung Shim <>,,,,
        Seung-Woo Kim <>,
        Jeff Moyer <>,,
        Hal Rosenstock <>,
        Jason Gunthorpe <>,, Doug Ledford <>,
        Mel Gorman <>,
        Ross Zwisler <>,
        Kyungmin Park <>,
        Sean Hefty <>,
        Mauro Carvalho Chehab <>,,
        Vlastimil Babka <>,
Subject: [PATCH v3 0/4] introduce get_user_pages_longterm()

Changes since v2 [1]:
* Add a comment for the vma_is_fsdax() check in get_vaddr_frames() (Jan)
* Collect Jan's Reviewed-by.
* Rebased on v4.15-rc1


The summary text below is unchanged from v2.



Here is a new get_user_pages api for cases where a driver intends to
keep an elevated page count indefinitely. This is distinct from usages
like iov_iter_get_pages where the elevated page counts are transient.
The iov_iter_get_pages cases immediately turn around and submit the
pages to a device driver which will put_page when the i/o operation
completes (under kernel control).

In the longterm case userspace is responsible for dropping the page
reference at some undefined point in the future. This is untenable for
filesystem-dax case where the filesystem is in control of the lifetime
of the block / page and needs reasonable limits on how long it can wait
for pages in a mapping to become idle.

Fixing filesystems to actually wait for dax pages to be idle before
blocks from a truncate/hole-punch operation are repurposed is saved for
a later patch series.

Also, allowing longterm registration of dax mappings is a future patch
series that introduces a "map with lease" semantic where the kernel can
revoke a lease and force userspace to drop its page references.

I have also tagged these for -stable to purposely break cases that might
assume that longterm memory registrations for filesystem-dax mappings
were supported by the kernel. The behavior regression this policy change
implies is one of the reasons we maintain the "dax enabled. Warning:
EXPERIMENTAL, use at your own risk" notification when mounting a
filesystem in dax mode.

It is worth noting the device-dax interface does not suffer the same
constraints since it does not support file space management operations
like hole-punch.


Dan Williams (4):
      mm: introduce get_user_pages_longterm
      mm: fail get_vaddr_frames() for filesystem-dax mappings
      [media] v4l2: disable filesystem-dax mapping support
      IB/core: disable memory registration of fileystem-dax vmas

 drivers/infiniband/core/umem.c            |    2 -
 drivers/media/v4l2-core/videobuf-dma-sg.c |    5 +-
 include/linux/fs.h                        |   14 ++++++
 include/linux/mm.h                        |   13 ++++++
 mm/frame_vector.c                         |   12 +++++
 mm/gup.c                                  |   64 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 6 files changed, 107 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

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