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From: Anshuman Khandual <>
To: Prakash Sangappa <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC] hugetlbfs 'noautofill' mount option
Date: Tue, 2 May 2017 16:23:48 +0530	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On 05/01/2017 11:30 PM, Prakash Sangappa wrote:
> Some applications like a database use hugetblfs for performance
> reasons. Files on hugetlbfs filesystem are created and huge pages
> allocated using fallocate() API. Pages are deallocated/freed using
> fallocate() hole punching support that has been added to hugetlbfs.
> These files are mmapped and accessed by many processes as shared memory.
> Such applications keep track of which offsets in the hugetlbfs file have
> pages allocated.
> Any access to mapped address over holes in the file, which can occur due

s/mapped/unmapped/ ^ ?

> to bugs in the application, is considered invalid and expect the process
> to simply receive a SIGBUS.  However, currently when a hole in the file is
> accessed via the mapped address, kernel/mm attempts to automatically
> allocate a page at page fault time, resulting in implicitly filling the
> hole

But this is expected when you try to control the file allocation from
a mapped address. Any changes while walking past or writing the range
in the memory mapped should reflect exactly in the file on the disk.
Why its not a valid behavior ?

> in the file. This may not be the desired behavior for applications like the
> database that want to explicitly manage page allocations of hugetlbfs
> files.
> This patch adds a new hugetlbfs mount option 'noautofill', to indicate that
> pages should not be allocated at page fault time when accessed thru mmapped
> address.

When the page should be allocated for mapping ?

  reply	other threads:[~2017-05-02 10:54 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <>
2017-05-01 18:00 ` Prakash Sangappa
2017-05-02 10:53   ` Anshuman Khandual [this message]
2017-05-02 16:07     ` Prakash Sangappa
2017-05-02 21:32   ` Dave Hansen
2017-05-02 23:34     ` Prakash Sangappa
2017-05-02 23:43       ` Dave Hansen
2017-05-03 19:02         ` Prakash Sangappa
2017-05-08  5:57           ` Prakash Sangappa
2017-05-08 15:58           ` Dave Hansen
2017-05-08 22:12             ` prakash.sangappa
2017-05-09  8:58               ` Christoph Hellwig
2017-05-09 20:59                 ` Prakash Sangappa
2017-05-16 16:51                   ` Prakash Sangappa
2017-06-16 13:15                   ` Andrea Arcangeli
2017-06-20 23:35                     ` Prakash Sangappa
2017-06-27 20:57                       ` Prakash Sangappa

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