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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86/mm/pat: let level meaningful even NULL return in, lookup_address_in_pgd
hi, tglx
thanks for your reply.

On 2015年07月17日 22:50, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Jul 2015, Pan Xinhui wrote:
>> If pmd or pud is not set, we may set a wrong page mapping level.
> No. The behaviour is simply undefined, if the return value of the
> function is NULL.
> So what you are trying to do is to make the level information accurate
> even for the failure case.
yes. it's good to report level information. then we can handle some errors.

>> We know *address* belongs to *pud*, however for some reasons *pmd* is
>> NULL. For example, this address has no physical pages mapped. What we
>> could benefit from this patch are below:
>> 1) We can walk memory range easier.
>> If addressA passed to lookup_address(), and NULL returned. We can pass
>> addressA + level_to_size(level) to lookup_address() in next loop.
>> ...
>> if (!pte) {
>> /* level_to_size has not been implemented in upstream*/
>> address += level_to_size(level);
>> continue;
>> }
> This example is completely useless because we do not see how the loop
> itself looks like and how that improves anything. The proper way to do
> this is to post:
> - the patch which changes the function
> - another patch which makes use of the change
> But so far I cannot see any reason why we want to change it.
sorry for that. There are some debug patches protected. I will try to make a simple example in other mails.

>> ...
>> 2) keep same behavior because level is set to PG_LEVEL_4K even when pte
>> is NULL.
> And what's the actual benefit of #2? Keeping the same behaviour is a
> requirement if you don't want to break any users of that function.
agree with you. :)
I did not explain it in correct ways.
When pte is NULL, lookup_address will return NULL on failure. however the level is correct and set to PG_LEVEL_4K.
So what I am trying to do is that if lookup_address return NULL on *pud* or *pmd* NULL failure, level is still correct or more correct.
A correct level information is very useful when we walk a large range of memory.


> Thanks,
> tglx

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