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Date:   Thu, 28 Feb 2019 12:44:11 -0800
From:   Joel Fernandes <joel@...lfernandes.org>
To:     Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@...e.cz>
Cc:     Oscar Salvador <osalvador@...e.de>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        linux-mm <linux-mm@...ck.org>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Linux API <linux-api@...r.kernel.org>,
        Hugh Dickins <hughd@...gle.com>,
        "Kirill A. Shutemov" <kirill@...temov.name>, jglisse@...hat.com,
        Yang Shi <yang.shi@...ux.alibaba.com>,
        mgorman@...hsingularity.net
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm,mremap: Bail out earlier in mremap_to under map pressure

On Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 12:06 AM Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@...e.cz> wrote:
>
> On 2/27/19 10:32 PM, Oscar Salvador wrote:
> > On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 02:04:28PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >> How is this going to affect existing userspace which is aware of the
> >> current behaviour?
> >
> > Well, current behavior is not really predictable.
> > Our customer was "surprised" that the call to mremap() failed, but the regions
> > got unmapped nevertheless.
> > They found it the hard way when they got a segfault when trying to write to those
> > regions when cleaning up.
> >
> > As I said in the changelog, the possibility for false positives exists, due to
> > the fact that we might get rid of several vma's when unmapping, but I do not
> > expect existing userspace applications to start failing.
> > Should be that the case, we can revert the patch, it is not that it adds a lot
> > of churn.
>
> Hopefully the only program that would start failing would be a LTP test
> testing the current behavior near the limit (if such test exists). And
> that can be adjusted.
>

IMO the original behavior is itself probably not a big issue because
if userspace wanted to mremap over something, it was prepared to lose
the "over something" mapping anyway. So it does seem to be a stretch
to call the behavior a "bug". Still I agree with the patch that mremap
should not leave any side effects after returning error.

thanks,

 - Joel

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