[PATCH 06/13] mm/gup: Drop folio_fast_pin_allowed() in hugepd processing

peterx at redhat.com peterx at redhat.com
Tue Dec 19 18:55:31 AEDT 2023

From: Peter Xu <peterx at redhat.com>

Hugepd format for GUP is only used in PowerPC with hugetlbfs.  There are
some kernel usage of hugepd (can refer to hugepd_populate_kernel() for
PPC_8XX), however those pages are not candidates for GUP.

Commit a6e79df92e4a ("mm/gup: disallow FOLL_LONGTERM GUP-fast writing to
file-backed mappings") added a check to fail gup-fast if there's potential
risk of violating GUP over writeback file systems.  That should never apply
to hugepd.  Considering that hugepd is an old format (and even
software-only), there's no plan to extend hugepd into other file typed
memories that is prone to the same issue.

Drop that check, not only because it'll never be true for hugepd per any
known plan, but also it paves way for reusing the function outside

To make sure we'll still remember this issue just in case hugepd will be
extended to support non-hugetlbfs memories, add a rich comment above
gup_huge_pd(), explaining the issue with proper references.

Cc: Christoph Hellwig <hch at infradead.org>
Cc: Lorenzo Stoakes <lstoakes at gmail.com>
Cc: Michael Ellerman <mpe at ellerman.id.au>
Cc: linuxppc-dev at lists.ozlabs.org
Signed-off-by: Peter Xu <peterx at redhat.com>
 mm/gup.c | 13 ++++++++-----
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/mm/gup.c b/mm/gup.c
index efc9847e58fb..bb5b7134f10b 100644
--- a/mm/gup.c
+++ b/mm/gup.c
@@ -2820,11 +2820,6 @@ static int gup_hugepte(pte_t *ptep, unsigned long sz, unsigned long addr,
 		return 0;
-	if (!folio_fast_pin_allowed(folio, flags)) {
-		gup_put_folio(folio, refs, flags);
-		return 0;
-	}
 	if (!pte_write(pte) && gup_must_unshare(NULL, flags, &folio->page)) {
 		gup_put_folio(folio, refs, flags);
 		return 0;
@@ -2835,6 +2830,14 @@ static int gup_hugepte(pte_t *ptep, unsigned long sz, unsigned long addr,
 	return 1;
+ * NOTE: currently GUP for a hugepd is only possible on hugetlbfs file
+ * systems on Power, which does not have issue with folio writeback against
+ * GUP updates.  When hugepd will be extended to support non-hugetlbfs or
+ * even anonymous memory, we need to do extra check as what we do with most
+ * of the other folios. See writable_file_mapping_allowed() and
+ * folio_fast_pin_allowed() for more information.
+ */
 static int gup_huge_pd(hugepd_t hugepd, unsigned long addr,
 		unsigned int pdshift, unsigned long end, unsigned int flags,
 		struct page **pages, int *nr)

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