[PATCH RFC 06/12] mm/gup: Drop folio_fast_pin_allowed() in hugepd processing

Aneesh Kumar K.V (IBM) aneesh.kumar at kernel.org
Fri Nov 24 16:28:51 AEDT 2023

Peter Xu <peterx at redhat.com> writes:

> On Thu, Nov 23, 2023 at 06:22:33PM +0000, Christophe Leroy wrote:
>> > For fast-gup I think the hugepd code is in use, however for walk_page_*
>> > apis hugepd code shouldn't be reached iiuc as we have the hugetlb specific
>> > handling (walk_hugetlb_range()), so anything within walk_pgd_range() to hit
>> > a hugepd can be dead code to me (but note that this "dead code" is good
>> > stuff to me, if one would like to merge hugetlb instead into generic mm).
>> Not sure what you mean here. What do you mean by "dead code" ?
>> A hugepage directory can be plugged at any page level, from PGD to PMD.
>> So the following bit in walk_pgd_range() is valid and not dead:
>> 		if (is_hugepd(__hugepd(pgd_val(*pgd))))
>> 			err = walk_hugepd_range((hugepd_t *)pgd, addr, next, walk, PGDIR_SHIFT);
> IMHO it boils down to the question on whether hugepd is only used in
> hugetlbfs.  I think I already mentioned that above, but I can be more
> explicit; what I see is that from higher stack in __walk_page_range():
> 	if (is_vm_hugetlb_page(vma)) {
> 		if (ops->hugetlb_entry)
> 			err = walk_hugetlb_range(start, end, walk);
> 	} else
> 		err = walk_pgd_range(start, end, walk);
> It means to me as long as the vma is hugetlb, it'll not trigger any code in
> walk_pgd_range(), but only walk_hugetlb_range().  Do you perhaps mean
> hugepd is used outside hugetlbfs?

walk_pgd_range also get called from walk_page_range_novma().
IIRC commit e17eae2b839937817d771e2f5d2b30e5e2b81bb7 added the hugepd
details to pagewalk code to handle ptdump.

There is also a desire to use hugepd format in vmap mappings. 


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