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From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org>
To: linux-api@vger.kernel.org
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	Alexey Dobriyan <adobriyan@gmail.com>,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com>,
	David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com>, Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>,
	Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
Subject: [RFC PATCH 0/3] THP eligibility reporting via proc
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:35:12 +0100
Message-ID: <20181120103515.25280-1-mhocko@kernel.org> (raw)

Hi,
this series of three patches aims at making THP eligibility reporting
much more robust and long term sustainable. The trigger for the change
is a regression report [1] and the long follow up discussion. In short
the specific application didn't have good API to query whether a particular
mapping can be backed by THP so it has used VMA flags to workaround that.
These flags represent a deep internal state of VMAs and as such they should
be used by userspace with a great deal of caution.

A similar has happened for [2] when users complained that VM_MIXEDMAP is
no longer set on DAX mappings. Again a lack of a proper API led to an
abuse.

The first patch in the series tries to emphasise that that the semantic
of flags might change and any application consuming those should be really
careful.

The remaining two patches provide a more suitable interface to address [1]
and provide a consistent API to query the THP status both for each VMA
and process wide as well.

[1] http://lkml.kernel.org/r/http://lkml.kernel.org/r/alpine.DEB.2.21.1809241054050.224429@chino.kir.corp.google.com
[2] http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20181002100531.GC4135@quack2.suse.cz

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Thread overview: 27+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-11-20 10:35 Michal Hocko [this message]
2018-11-20 10:35 ` [RFC PATCH 1/3] mm, proc: be more verbose about unstable VMA flags in /proc/<pid>/smaps Michal Hocko
2018-11-20 10:51   ` Jan Kara
2018-11-20 11:41     ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-21  0:01     ` David Rientjes
2018-11-21  6:56       ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-20 18:32   ` Dan Williams
2018-11-21  7:05     ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-21 18:01       ` Mike Rapoport
2018-11-21 17:54   ` Mike Rapoport
2018-11-21 17:58     ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-23 13:47   ` Vlastimil Babka
2018-11-20 10:35 ` [RFC PATCH 2/3] mm, thp, proc: report THP eligibility for each vma Michal Hocko
2018-11-20 11:42   ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-23 15:07   ` Vlastimil Babka
2018-11-23 15:21     ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-23 15:24       ` Vlastimil Babka
2018-11-20 10:35 ` [RFC PATCH 3/3] mm, proc: report PR_SET_THP_DISABLE in proc Michal Hocko
2018-11-20 11:42   ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-23 15:49   ` Vlastimil Babka
2018-11-27  0:33   ` William Kucharski
2018-11-27 13:17     ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-27 14:50       ` William Kucharski
2018-11-27 16:25         ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-27 16:50         ` Vlastimil Babka
2018-11-27 17:06           ` William Kucharski
2018-12-07 10:55 ` [RFC PATCH 0/3] THP eligibility reporting via proc Michal Hocko

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