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Date:   Tue, 12 Jan 2021 23:05:50 +0800
From:   Muchun Song <songmuchun@...edance.com>
To:     Michal Hocko <mhocko@...e.com>
Cc:     Mike Kravetz <mike.kravetz@...cle.com>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Naoya Horiguchi <n-horiguchi@...jp.nec.com>,
        Andi Kleen <ak@...ux.intel.com>,
        Linux Memory Management List <linux-mm@...ck.org>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        linux- stable <stable@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [External] Re: [PATCH v3 3/6] mm: hugetlb: fix a race between
 freeing and dissolving the page

On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 8:37 PM Michal Hocko <mhocko@...e.com> wrote:
>
> On Tue 12-01-21 19:43:21, Muchun Song wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 7:17 PM Michal Hocko <mhocko@...e.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Tue 12-01-21 18:13:02, Muchun Song wrote:
> > > > On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 6:02 PM Michal Hocko <mhocko@...e.com> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > On Sun 10-01-21 20:40:14, Muchun Song wrote:
> > > > > [...]
> > > > > > @@ -1770,6 +1788,14 @@ int dissolve_free_huge_page(struct page *page)
> > > > > >               int nid = page_to_nid(head);
> > > > > >               if (h->free_huge_pages - h->resv_huge_pages == 0)
> > > > > >                       goto out;
> > > > > > +
> > > > > > +             /*
> > > > > > +              * We should make sure that the page is already on the free list
> > > > > > +              * when it is dissolved.
> > > > > > +              */
> > > > > > +             if (unlikely(!PageHugeFreed(head)))
> > > > > > +                     goto out;
> > > > > > +
> > > > >
> > > > > Do you really want to report EBUSY in this case? This doesn't make much
> > > > > sense to me TBH. I believe you want to return 0 same as when you race
> > > > > and the page is no longer PageHuge.
> > > >
> > > > Return 0 is wrong. Because the page is not freed to the buddy allocator.
> > > > IIUC, dissolve_free_huge_page returns 0 when the page is already freed
> > > > to the buddy allocator. Right?
> > >
> > > 0 is return when the page is either dissolved or it doesn't need
> > > dissolving. If there is a race with somebody else freeing the page then
> > > there is nothing to dissolve. Under which condition it makes sense to
> > > report the failure and/or retry dissolving?
> >
> > If there is a race with somebody else freeing the page, the page
> > can be freed to the hugepage pool not the buddy allocator. Do
> > you think that this page is dissolved?
>
> OK, I see what you mean. Effectively the page would be in a limbo, not
> yet in the pool nor in the allocator but it can find its way to the
> either of the two. But I still dislike returning a failure because that
> would mean e.g. memory hotplug to fail. Can you simply retry inside this
> code path (drop the lock, cond_resched and retry)?

Yeah. This is what I want to do (making the memory hotplug as
successful as possible). So I send the patch:

  [PATCH v3 4/6] mm: hugetlb: add return -EAGAIN for dissolve_free_huge_page

Adding a simple retry inside this function when hitting this race is
also fine to me. I can do that.




> --
> Michal Hocko
> SUSE Labs

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