[PATCH 08/12] mm/pgtable: add pte_free_defer() for pgtable as page

Jann Horn jannh at google.com
Thu Jun 1 23:31:37 AEST 2023

On Mon, May 29, 2023 at 8:23 AM Hugh Dickins <hughd at google.com> wrote:
> Add the generic pte_free_defer(), to call pte_free() via call_rcu().
> pte_free_defer() will be called inside khugepaged's retract_page_tables()
> loop, where allocating extra memory cannot be relied upon.  This version
> suits all those architectures which use an unfragmented page for one page
> table (none of whose pte_free()s use the mm arg which was passed to it).

Pages that have been scheduled for deferred freeing can still be
locked, right? So struct page's members "ptl" and "rcu_head" can now
be in use at the same time? If that's intended, it would probably be a
good idea to add comments in the "/* Page table pages */" part of
struct page to point out that the first two members can be used by the
rcu_head while the page is still used as a page table in some
contexts, including use of the ptl.

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