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From: Wei Yang <>
To: Michal Hocko <>
Cc: Mikhail Zaslonko <>,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/1] mm, memory_hotplug: Initialize struct pages for the full memory section
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:49:38 +0000
Message-ID: <20181211094938.3mykr3n3tp6rfz4p@master> (raw)
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On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 02:24:51PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
>On Mon 10-12-18 14:07:12, Mikhail Zaslonko wrote:
>> If memory end is not aligned with the sparse memory section boundary, the
>> mapping of such a section is only partly initialized.
>It would be great to mention how you can end up in the situation like
>this(a user provided memmap or a strange HW). 
>> This may lead to
>> VM_BUG_ON due to uninitialized struct page access from
>> is_mem_section_removable() or test_pages_in_a_zone() function triggered by
>> memory_hotplug sysfs handlers:
>>  page:000003d082008000 is uninitialized and poisoned
>>  page dumped because: VM_BUG_ON_PAGE(PagePoisoned(p))
>>  Call Trace:
>>  ([<0000000000385b26>] test_pages_in_a_zone+0xde/0x160)
>>   [<00000000008f15c4>] show_valid_zones+0x5c/0x190
>>   [<00000000008cf9c4>] dev_attr_show+0x34/0x70
>>   [<0000000000463ad0>] sysfs_kf_seq_show+0xc8/0x148
>>   [<00000000003e4194>] seq_read+0x204/0x480
>>   [<00000000003b53ea>] __vfs_read+0x32/0x178
>>   [<00000000003b55b2>] vfs_read+0x82/0x138
>>   [<00000000003b5be2>] ksys_read+0x5a/0xb0
>>   [<0000000000b86ba0>] system_call+0xdc/0x2d8
>>  Last Breaking-Event-Address:
>>   [<0000000000385b26>] test_pages_in_a_zone+0xde/0x160
>>  Kernel panic - not syncing: Fatal exception: panic_on_oops
>> Fix the problem by initializing the last memory section of the highest zone
>> in memmap_init_zone() till the very end, even if it goes beyond the zone
>> end.
>Why do we need to restrict this to the highest zone? In other words, why
>cannot we do what I was suggesting earlier [1]. What does prevent other
>zones to have an incomplete section boundary?

I tried to go through the original list and make myself familiar with
the bug.

Confused why initialize the *last* end_pfn could fix this, since
is_mem_section_removable() will iterate on each page of a section. This
means we need to initialize all the pages left in the section.

One way to fix this in my mind is to record the last pfn in mem_section.
This could be done in memory_preset(), since after that we may assume
the section is full. Not sure whether you would like it.

Wei Yang
Help you, Help me

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Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-12-10 13:07 [PATCH 0/1] Initialize struct pages for the full section Mikhail Zaslonko
2018-12-10 13:07 ` [PATCH 1/1] mm, memory_hotplug: Initialize struct pages for the full memory section Mikhail Zaslonko
2018-12-10 13:24   ` Michal Hocko
2018-12-10 15:45     ` Zaslonko Mikhail
2018-12-10 18:19       ` Michal Hocko
2018-12-11 15:18         ` Zaslonko Mikhail
2018-12-11  9:49     ` Wei Yang [this message]
2018-12-11 15:17       ` Zaslonko Mikhail
2018-12-11 22:24         ` Wei Yang
2018-12-10 15:10   ` Wei Yang
2018-12-10 16:14     ` Zaslonko Mikhail
2018-12-11  1:50       ` Wei Yang
2018-12-11 15:23         ` Zaslonko Mikhail
2018-12-11 22:14           ` Wei Yang
2018-12-10 21:09   ` Sasha Levin
2019-06-14 21:56   ` Sasha Levin

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