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Date:   Wed, 22 Sep 2021 22:18:30 -0400
From:   Peter Xu <>
To:     Hugh Dickins <>,
        Axel Rasmussen <>
Cc:     Axel Rasmussen <>,
        LKML <>,
        Linux MM <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Andrea Arcangeli <>,
        Nadav Amit <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm/khugepaged: Detecting uffd-wp vma more efficiently

On Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 06:22:45PM -0700, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> No, I think I misunderstood you before: thanks for re-explaining.
> (And Axel's !userfaultfd_minor() check before calling do_fault_around()
> plays an important part in making sure that it does reach shmem_fault().)

Still thanks for confirming this, Hugh.

Said that, Axel, I didn't mean I'm against doing something similar like
uffd-wp; it's just a heads-up that maybe you won't find a reproducer with real
issues with minor mode.

Even if I think minor mode should be fine with current code, we could still
choose to disable khugepaged from removing the pmd for VM_UFFD_MINOR vmas, just
like what we'll do with VM_UFFD_WP.  At least it can still reduce false

So far in my local branch I queued the patch which I attached, that's required
for uffd-wp shmem afaict.  If you think minor mode would like that too, I can
post it separately with minor mode added in.

Note that it's slightly different from what I pasted in reply to Yang Shi - I
made it slightly more complicated just to make sure there's no race.  I
mentioned the possible race (I think) in the commit log.

Let me know your preference.


Peter Xu

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