Re: [PATCH V2] memcg: add mlock statistic in memory.stat

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On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki
<kamezawa.hiroyu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> (2012/04/20 14:57), Ying Han wrote:
>
>> On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki
>> <kamezawa.hiroyu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> (2012/04/19 22:12), Johannes Weiner wrote:
>>>> Plus this code runs for ALL uncharges, the unlikely() and preliminary
>>>> flag testing don't make it okay.  It's bad that we have this in the
>>>> allocator, but at least it would be good to hook into that branch and
>>>> not add another one.
>>>>
>>>> pc->mem_cgroup stays intact after the uncharge.  Could we make the
>>>> memcg removal path wait on the mlock counter to drop to zero instead
>>>> and otherwise keep Ying's version?
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> handling problem in ->destroy() path ? Hmm, it will work against use-after-free.
>>
>>> But accounting problem which may be caused by mem_cgroup_lru_add_list() cannot
>>> be handled, which overwrites pc->mem_cgroup.
>>
>> Kame, can you clarify that? What the mem_cgroup_lru_add_list() has
>> anything to do w/ this problem?
>>
>
>
> It overwrites pc->mem_cgroup. Then, Assume a task in cgroup "A".
>
>        1. page is charged.       pc->mem_cgroup = A + Used bit.
>        2. page is set Mlocked.   A's mlock-counter += 1
>        3. page is uncharged      - Used bit.
>        4. page is added to lru   pc->mem_cgroup = root
>        5. page is freed          root's mlock-coutner -=1,
>
> Then, A's mlock-counter +1, root's mlock-counter -1 IF free_pages()
> really handle mlocked pages...

Hmm, now the question is whether the TestClearPageMlock() should only
happen between step 2 and step 3. If so, the mlock stat will be
updated correctly.

>
>
>
>>>
>>> But hm, is this too slow ?...
>>> ==
>>> mem_cgroup_uncharge_common()
>>> {
>>>        ....
>>>        if (PageSwapCache(page) || PageMlocked(page))
>>>                return NULL;
>>> }
>>>
>>> page_alloc.c::
>>>
>>> static inline void free_page_mlock(struct page *page)
>>> {
>>>
>>>        __dec_zone_page_state(page, NR_MLOCK);
>>>        __count_vm_event(UNEVICTABLE_MLOCKFREED);
>>>
>>>        mem_cgroup_uncharge_page(page);
>>> }
>>> ==
>>>
>>> BTW, at reading code briefly....why we have hooks in free_page() ?
>>>
>>> It seems do_munmap() and exit_mmap() calls munlock_vma_pages_all().
>>> So, it seems all vmas which has VM_MLOCKED are checked before freeing.
>>> vmscan never frees mlocked pages, I think.
>>>
>>> Any other path to free mlocked pages without munlock ?
>>
>> I found this commit which introduced the hook in the freeing path,
>> however I couldn't get more details why it was introduced from the
>> commit description
>>
>> commit 985737cf2ea096ea946aed82c7484d40defc71a8
>> Author: Lee Schermerhorn <lee.schermerhorn@xxxxxx>
>> Date:   Sat Oct 18 20:26:53 2008 -0700
>>
>>     mlock: count attempts to free mlocked page
>>
>>     Allow free of mlock()ed pages.  This shouldn't happen, but during
>>     developement, it occasionally did.
>>
>>     This patch allows us to survive that condition, while keeping the
>>     statistics and events correct for debug.
>>
>>> I feel freeing Mlocked page is a cause of problems.
>>
>
>
> Sigh...."This shouldn't happen"!!!!!
>
> How about adding warning to free_page() path and remove your current hook ?

That does make thing a lot simpler.. I will wait a bit in case someone
remember a counter example?

--Ying

> Thanks,
> -Kame
>
>
>
>

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