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Date:   Mon, 8 Feb 2021 21:55:56 -0500
From:   Peter Xu <>
To:     Mike Kravetz <>
        Gal Pressman <>,
        Andrea Arcangeli <>,
        Christoph Hellwig <>,
        Miaohe Lin <>,
        Kirill Shutemov <>,
        Jann Horn <>,
        Matthew Wilcox <>, Jan Kara <>,
        Jason Gunthorpe <>,
        Linus Torvalds <>,
        Mike Rapoport <>,
        David Gibson <>,
        Kirill Tkhai <>,
        Wei Zhang <>,
        Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 5/5] hugetlb: Do early cow when page pinned on src mm

On Mon, Feb 08, 2021 at 04:09:26PM -0800, Mike Kravetz wrote:
> On 2/5/21 8:54 AM, Peter Xu wrote:
> > This is the last missing piece of the COW-during-fork effort when there're
> > pinned pages found.  One can reference 70e806e4e645 ("mm: Do early cow for
> > pinned pages during fork() for ptes", 2020-09-27) for more information, since
> > we do similar things here rather than pte this time, but just for hugetlb.
> Thanks for all the changes, the patch looks much better.
> I did not look at 70e806e4e645 in detail until now.  That commit had the
> 'write protect trick' which was removed in subsequent commits.  It took me
> a bit of git history tracking to figure out the state of that code today and
> the reasons for the subsequent changes.  I guess that was a good way to
> educate me. :) 

Thanks for looking into those details.  I didn't expect that to happen since
after Jason's rework with 57efa1fe5957 ("mm/gup: prevent gup_fast from racing
with COW during fork", 2020-12-15) we can ignore the whole wr-protect idea as a
whole.  I referenced 70e806e4e645 more for the idea of why we do that, and also
copy_present_page() on how it is generally implemented.  That gup-fast race is
definitely tricky on its own.

> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Peter Xu <>
> > ---
> >  mm/hugetlb.c | 66 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----
> >  1 file changed, 62 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
> Reviewed-by: Mike Kravetz <>


I'll post a new version very soon with your r-b, and also a compile warning
fixed in the other patch as reported by Gal.

Peter Xu

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