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Date:   Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:40:20 -0700
From:   Yang Shi <yang.shi@...ux.alibaba.com>
To:     Hugh Dickins <hughd@...gle.com>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
Cc:     Ashwin Chaugule <ashwinch@...gle.com>,
        "Kirill A. Shutemov" <kirill.shutemov@...ux.intel.com>,
        "Huang, Ying" <ying.huang@...el.com>, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-mm@...ck.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] thp: fix data loss when splitting a file pmd



On 7/11/18 5:48 PM, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> __split_huge_pmd_locked() must check if the cleared huge pmd was dirty,
> and propagate that to PageDirty: otherwise, data may be lost when a huge
> tmpfs page is modified then split then reclaimed.
>
> How has this taken so long to be noticed?  Because there was no problem
> when the huge page is written by a write system call (shmem_write_end()
> calls set_page_dirty()), nor when the page is allocated for a write fault
> (fault_dirty_shared_page() calls set_page_dirty()); but when allocated
> for a read fault (which MAP_POPULATE simulates), no set_page_dirty().

Sounds good to me. Reviewed-by: Yang Shi <yang.shi@...ux.alibaba.com>

> Fixes: d21b9e57c74c ("thp: handle file pages in split_huge_pmd()")
> Reported-by: Ashwin Chaugule <ashwinch@...gle.com>
> Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <hughd@...gle.com>
> Cc: "Kirill A. Shutemov" <kirill.shutemov@...ux.intel.com>
> Cc: "Huang, Ying" <ying.huang@...el.com>
> Cc: Yang Shi <yang.shi@...ux.alibaba.com>
> Cc: <stable@...r.kernel.org> # v4.8+
> ---
>
>   mm/huge_memory.c |    2 ++
>   1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
>
> --- 4.18-rc4/mm/huge_memory.c	2018-06-16 18:48:22.029173363 -0700
> +++ linux/mm/huge_memory.c	2018-07-10 20:11:29.991011603 -0700
> @@ -2084,6 +2084,8 @@ static void __split_huge_pmd_locked(stru
>   		if (vma_is_dax(vma))
>   			return;
>   		page = pmd_page(_pmd);
> +		if (!PageDirty(page) && pmd_dirty(_pmd))
> +			set_page_dirty(page);
>   		if (!PageReferenced(page) && pmd_young(_pmd))
>   			SetPageReferenced(page);
>   		page_remove_rmap(page, true);

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