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Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2017 15:20:31 +0300
From: Igor Stoppa <>
To: Michal Hocko <>
CC: Jerome Glisse <>, Linux-MM <>,
        "" <>,
        Kees Cook <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] Tagging of vmalloc pages for supporting the pmalloc

On 03/08/17 14:48, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Thu 03-08-17 13:11:45, Igor Stoppa wrote:
>> On 02/08/17 20:08, Jerome Glisse wrote:
>>> On Wed, Aug 02, 2017 at 06:14:28PM +0300, Igor Stoppa wrote:


>>>> from include/linux/mm_types.h:
>>>> struct page {
>>>> ...
>>>>   union {
>>>>     unsigned long private;		/* Mapping-private opaque data:
>>>> 				 	 * usually used for buffer_heads
>>>> 					 * if PagePrivate set; used for
>>>> 					 * swp_entry_t if PageSwapCache;
>>>> 					 * indicates order in the buddy
>>>> 					 * system if PG_buddy is set.
>>>> 					 */


>> If the "Mapping-private" was dropped or somehow connected exclusively to
>> the cases listed in the comment, then I think it would be more clear
>> that the comment needs to be intended as related to mapping in certain
>> cases only.
>> But it is otherwise ok to use the "private" field for whatever purpose
>> it might be suitable, as long as it is not already in use.
> I would recommend adding a new field into the enum...

s/enum/union/ ?

If not, I am not sure what is the enum that you are talking about.


>> But, to reply more specifically to your advice, yes, I think I could add
>> a flag to vm_struct and then retrieve its value, for the address being
>> processed, by passing through find_vm_area().
> ... and you can store vm_struct pointer to the struct page there 

"there" as in the new field of the union?
btw, what would be a meaningful name, since "private" is already taken?

For simplicity, I'll use, for now, "private2"

> and you> won't need to do the slow find_vm_area. I haven't checked
very closely
> but this should be possible in principle. I guess other callers might
> benefit from this as well.

I am confused about this: if "private2" is a pointer, but when I get an
address, I do not even know if the address represents a valid pmalloc
page, how can i know when it's ok to dereference "private2"?

Since it's just another field in a union, it can actually contain a
value that should be interpreted as some other field, right?

thanks, igor

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