[PATCH V5 5/7] mm: mmap: Add mmap flag to request VM_LOCKONFAULT

Eric B Munson emunson at akamai.com
Mon Jul 27 23:41:26 AEST 2015

On Mon, 27 Jul 2015, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:

> On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 05:28:43PM -0400, Eric B Munson wrote:
> > The cost of faulting in all memory to be locked can be very high when
> > working with large mappings.  If only portions of the mapping will be
> > used this can incur a high penalty for locking.
> > 
> > Now that we have the new VMA flag for the locked but not present state,
> > expose it as an mmap option like MAP_LOCKED -> VM_LOCKED.
> As I mentioned before, I don't think this interface is justified.
> MAP_LOCKED has known issues[1]. The MAP_LOCKED problem is not necessary
> affects MAP_LOCKONFAULT, but still.
> Let's not add new interface unless it's demonstrably useful.
> [1] http://lkml.kernel.org/g/20150114095019.GC4706@dhcp22.suse.cz

I understand and should have been more explicit.  This patch is still
included becuase I have an internal user that wants to see it added.
The problem discussed in the thread you point out does not affect
MAP_LOCKONFAULT because we do not attempt to populate the region with

As I told Vlastimil, if this is a hard NAK with the patch I can work
with that.  Otherwise I prefer it stays.

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