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Date:   Thu, 16 May 2019 15:18:23 +0000
From:   Lech Perczak <>
To:     Matthew Wilcox <>,
        Eric Dumazet <>
CC:     Al Viro <>,
        "" <>,
        Piotr Figiel <>,
        Krzysztof Drobiński 
        Pawel Lenkow <>,
        "" <>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Subject: Re: Recurring warning in page_copy_sane (inside copy_page_to_iter)
 when running stress tests involving drop_caches

W dniu 15.05.2019 o 17:18, Matthew Wilcox pisze:
> On Wed, May 15, 2019 at 08:02:17AM -0700, Eric Dumazet wrote:
>> On Wed, May 15, 2019 at 7:43 AM Matthew Wilcox <> wrote:
>>> You're seeing a race between page_address(page) being called twice.
>>> Between those two calls, something has caused the page to be removed from
>>> the page_address_map() list.  Eric's patch avoids calling page_address(),
>>> so apply it and be happy.
>> Hmm... wont the kmap_atomic() done later, after page_copy_sane() would
>> suffer from the race ?
>> It seems there is a real bug somewhere to fix.
> No.  page_address() called before the kmap_atomic() will look through
> the list of mappings and see if that page is mapped somewhere.  We unmap
> lazily, so all it takes to trigger this race is that the page _has_
> been mapped before, and its mapping gets torn down during this call.
> While the page is kmapped, its mapping cannot be torn down.

And that's the answer I'm really glad to hear. 
In the meantime I've set up a test run with CONFIG_HIGHMEM disabled
to be extra sure, however quite expectedly it robs the system of 256MiB
of accessible memory.

Unfortunatly, looking through defconfigs for 32-bit ARM, CONFIG_HIGHMEM
is enabled in quite a few of them, i.MX included.

I'll pick up the patch then and drop it when it gets included in 4.19.y.

With kind regards,

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