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Subject[PATCH v3 0/3] get_user_pages*() and RDMA: first steps
From: John Hubbard <>

Changes since v2:

-- Absorbed more dirty page handling logic into the put_user_page*(), and
handled some page releasing loops in infiniband more thoroughly, as per
Jason Gunthorpe's feedback.

-- Fixed a bug in the put_user_pages*() routines' loops (thanks to
Ralph Campbell for spotting it).

Changes since v1:

-- Renamed release_user_pages*() to put_user_pages*(), from Jan's feedback.

-- Removed the goldfish.c changes, and instead, only included a single
user (infiniband) of the new functions. That is because goldfish.c no
longer has a name collision (it has a release_user_pages() routine), and
also because infiniband exercises both the put_user_page() and
put_user_pages*() paths.

-- Updated links to discussions and plans, so as to be sure to include
bounce buffers, thanks to Jerome's feedback.


-- Dennis, thanks for your earlier review, and I have not yet added your
Reviewed-by tag, because this revision changes the things that you had
previously reviewed, thus potentially requiring another look.

This short series prepares for eventually fixing the problem described
in [1], and is following a plan listed in [2], [3], [4].

Patch 1, although not technically critical to do now, is still nice to
have, because it's already been reviewed by Jan, and it's just one more
thing on the long TODO list here, that is ready to be checked off.

Patch 2 is required in order to allow me (and others, if I'm lucky) to
start submitting changes to convert all of the callsites of
get_user_pages*() and put_page(). I think this will work a lot better
than trying to maintain a massive patchset and submitting all at once.

Patch 3 converts infiniband drivers: put_page() --> put_user_page(), and
also exercises put_user_pages_dirty_locked().

Once these are all in, then the floodgates can open up to convert the large
number of get_user_pages*() callsites.

[1] : "The Trouble with get_user_pages()"

Proposed steps for fixing get_user_pages() + DMA problems.

Bounce buffers (otherwise [2] is not really viable).

Follow-up discussions.

CC: Matthew Wilcox <>
CC: Michal Hocko <>
CC: Christopher Lameter <>
CC: Jason Gunthorpe <>
CC: Dan Williams <>
CC: Jan Kara <>
CC: Al Viro <>
CC: Jerome Glisse <>
CC: Christoph Hellwig <>
CC: Ralph Campbell <>

John Hubbard (3):
mm: get_user_pages: consolidate error handling
mm: introduce put_user_page*(), placeholder versions
infiniband/mm: convert put_page() to put_user_page*()

drivers/infiniband/core/umem.c | 7 +--
drivers/infiniband/core/umem_odp.c | 2 +-
drivers/infiniband/hw/hfi1/user_pages.c | 11 ++---
drivers/infiniband/hw/mthca/mthca_memfree.c | 6 +--
drivers/infiniband/hw/qib/qib_user_pages.c | 11 ++---
drivers/infiniband/hw/qib/qib_user_sdma.c | 8 ++--
drivers/infiniband/hw/usnic/usnic_uiom.c | 7 +--
include/linux/mm.h | 48 ++++++++++++++++++++-
mm/gup.c | 37 +++++++++-------
9 files changed, 92 insertions(+), 45 deletions(-)


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