[Linaro-mm-sig] [PATCH 2/8] mm: alloc_contig_freed_pages() added

Michal Nazarewicz mina86 at mina86.com
Wed Sep 21 13:17:50 UTC 2011


On Thu, 08 Sep 2011 20:05:52 +0200, Dave Hansen <dave at linux.vnet.ibm.com>  
wrote:

> On Fri, 2011-08-19 at 16:27 +0200, Marek Szyprowski wrote:
>> +unsigned long alloc_contig_freed_pages(unsigned long start, unsigned  
>> long end,
>> +				       gfp_t flag)
>> +{
>> +	unsigned long pfn = start, count;
>> +	struct page *page;
>> +	struct zone *zone;
>> +	int order;
>> +
>> +	VM_BUG_ON(!pfn_valid(start));
>> +	zone = page_zone(pfn_to_page(start));
>
> This implies that start->end are entirely contained in a single zone.
> What enforces that?

In case of CMA, the __cma_activate_area() function from 6/8 has the check:

  151                         VM_BUG_ON(!pfn_valid(pfn));
  152                         VM_BUG_ON(page_zone(pfn_to_page(pfn)) !=  
zone);

This guarantees that CMA will never try to call alloc_contig_freed_pages()
on a region that spans multiple regions.

> If some higher layer enforces that, I think we probably need at least
> a VM_BUG_ON() in here and a comment about who enforces it.

Agreed.

>> +	spin_lock_irq(&zone->lock);
>> +
>> +	page = pfn_to_page(pfn);
>> +	for (;;) {
>> +		VM_BUG_ON(page_count(page) || !PageBuddy(page));
>> +		list_del(&page->lru);
>> +		order = page_order(page);
>> +		zone->free_area[order].nr_free--;
>> +		rmv_page_order(page);
>> +		__mod_zone_page_state(zone, NR_FREE_PAGES, -(1UL << order));
>> +		pfn  += 1 << order;
>> +		if (pfn >= end)
>> +			break;
>> +		VM_BUG_ON(!pfn_valid(pfn));
>> +		page += 1 << order;
>> +	}

> This 'struct page *'++ stuff is OK, but only for small, aligned areas.
> For at least some of the sparsemem modes (non-VMEMMAP), you could walk
> off of the end of the section_mem_map[] when you cross a MAX_ORDER
> boundary.  I'd feel a little bit more comfortable if pfn_to_page() was
> being done each time, or only occasionally when you cross a section
> boundary.

I'm fine with that.  I've used pointer arithmetic for performance reasons
but if that may potentially lead to bugs then obviously pfn_to_page()  
should
be used.

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