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Date:   Fri, 1 May 2020 22:43:55 +0100
From:   Al Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>
To:     Christoph Hellwig <hch@....de>
Cc:     Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        aaw@...gle.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] exec: open code copy_string_kernel

On Fri, May 01, 2020 at 09:26:39PM +0200, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Fri, May 01, 2020 at 01:50:49PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> > On Fri, May 01, 2020 at 12:41:05PM +0200, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > > Currently copy_string_kernel is just a wrapper around copy_strings that
> > > simplifies the calling conventions and uses set_fs to allow passing a
> > > kernel pointer.  But due to the fact the we only need to handle a single
> > > kernel argument pointer, the logic can be sigificantly simplified while
> > > getting rid of the set_fs.
> > 
> > I can live with that...  BTW, why do we bother with flush_cache_page() (by
> > way of get_arg_page()) here and in copy_strings()?  How could *anything*
> > have accessed that page by its address in new mm - what are we trying to
> > flush here?
> 
> s/get_arg_page/flush_arg_page/ ?

of course - sorry...

> No idea, what the use case is, but this comes from:
> 
> commit b6a2fea39318e43fee84fa7b0b90d68bed92d2ba
> Author: Ollie Wild <aaw@...gle.com>
> Date:   Thu Jul 19 01:48:16 2007 -0700
> 
>     mm: variable length argument support

I know.  And it comes with no explanations in there ;-/  AFAICS, back then
the situation hadn't been any different - mm we are inserting the arg pages
into is not active, so there shouldn't be anything in anyone's cache for
that virtual address in that vma...

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