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SubjectRe: [BUG REPORT] [mm-hotplug, aio] aio ring_pages can't be offlined
On Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:42:05 +0800 Lin Feng <> wrote:

> hi Andrew,
> On 11/30/2012 07:39 AM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Tricky.
> >
> > I expect the same problem would occur with pages which are under
> > O_DIRECT I/O. Obviously O_DIRECT pages won't be pinned for such long
> > periods, but the durations could still be lengthy (seconds).
> the offline retry timeout duration is 2 minutes, so to O_DIRECT pages
> seem maybe not a problem for the moment.
> >
> > Worse is a futex page, which could easily remain pinned indefinitely.
> >
> > The best I can think of is to make changes in or around
> > get_user_pages(), to steal the pages from userspace and replace them
> > with non-movable ones before pinning them. The performance cost of
> > something like this would surely be unacceptable for direct-io, but
> > maybe OK for the aio ring and futexes.
> thanks for your advice.
> I want to limit the impact as little as possible, as mentioned above,
> direct-io seems not a problem, we needn't touch them. Maybe we can
> just change the use of get_user_pages()(in or around) such as aio
> ring pages. I will try to find a way to do this.

What about futexes?

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