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Date:   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:11:04 -0800
From:   Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.com>
To:     linux-nvdimm <linux-nvdimm@...ts.01.org>
Cc:     "Darrick J. Wong" <darrick.wong@...cle.com>,
        stable <stable@...r.kernel.org>, Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>,
        "Oliver O'Halloran" <oohall@...il.com>,
        Jeff Moyer <jmoyer@...hat.com>,
        Johannes Thumshirn <jthumshirn@...e.de>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Vishal L Verma <vishal.l.verma@...el.com>,
        linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/7] libnvdimm/pfn: Fix section-alignment padding

On Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 1:37 PM Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.com> wrote:
>
> Lately Linux has encountered platforms that collide Persistent Memory
> regions between each other, specifically cases where ->start_pad needed
> to be non-zero. This lead to commit ae86cbfef381 "libnvdimm, pfn: Pad
> pfn namespaces relative to other regions". That commit allowed
> namespaces to be mapped with devm_memremap_pages(). However dax
> operations on those configurations currently fail if attempted within the
> ->start_pad range because pmem_device->data_offset was still relative to
> raw resource base not relative to the section aligned resource range
> mapped by devm_memremap_pages().
>
> Luckily __bdev_dax_supported() caught these failures and simply disabled
> dax. However, to fix this situation a non-backwards compatible change
> needs to be made to the interpretation of the nd_pfn info-block.
> ->start_pad needs to be accounted in ->map.map_offset (formerly
> ->data_offset), and ->map.map_base (formerly ->phys_addr) needs to be
> adjusted to the section aligned resource base used to establish
> ->map.map formerly (formerly ->virt_addr).
>
> See patch 7 "libnvdimm/pfn: Fix 'start_pad' implementation" for more
> details, and the ndctl patch series "Improve support + testing for
> labels + info-blocks" for the corresponding regression test.

Hello valued reviewers, can I plead for a sanity check of at least
"libnvdimm/pfn: Introduce super-block minimum version requirements"
and "libnvdimm/pfn: Fix 'start_pad' implementation"? In particular
Jeff / Johannes this has end user / distro impact in that users may
lose access to namespaces that are upgraded to v1.3 info-blocks and
then boot an old kernel. I did not see a way around that sharp edge.

> ---
>
> Dan Williams (7):
>       libnvdimm/pfn: Account for PAGE_SIZE > info-block-size in nd_pfn_init()
>       libnvdimm/pmem: Honor force_raw for legacy pmem regions
>       dax: Check the end of the block-device capacity with dax_direct_access()
>       libnvdimm/pfn: Introduce super-block minimum version requirements
>       libnvdimm/pfn: Remove dax_label_reserve
>       libnvdimm/pfn: Introduce 'struct pfn_map_info'
>       libnvdimm/pfn: Fix 'start_pad' implementation
>
>
>  drivers/dax/pmem.c              |    9 +-
>  drivers/dax/super.c             |   39 ++++++--
>  drivers/nvdimm/namespace_devs.c |    4 +
>  drivers/nvdimm/nd.h             |   15 +++
>  drivers/nvdimm/pfn.h            |    4 +
>  drivers/nvdimm/pfn_devs.c       |  181 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----------
>  drivers/nvdimm/pmem.c           |  111 +++++++++++-------------
>  drivers/nvdimm/pmem.h           |   12 ---
>  tools/testing/nvdimm/pmem-dax.c |   15 ++-
>  9 files changed, 244 insertions(+), 146 deletions(-)

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