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SubjectRe: Sealed memfd & no-fault mmap
On Mon, May 31, 2021 at 11:13 AM Ming Lin <minggr@gmail.com> wrote:
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> OK, I borrowed code from filemap_xip.c and implemented this behavior.

I think that "unmap page" is too complicated and fragile.

The only page that could possibly validly be unmapped is a stale zero
page, but that code in shmem_unmap_nofault_page() seems to try to
handle other cases too (ie that whole page_remove_rmap() - afaik a
zero page has no rmap).

I get the feeling that the simpler thing to do is to just say "if you
use MAP_NOSIGBUS, and you access pages that don't have a backing
store, you will get zero pages, and they will NOT BE SYNCHRONIZED with
the backing store possibly later being updated".

IOW, just document the fact that a MAP_NOSIGBUS mapping isn't coherent
wrt shmem contents that are expanded and filled in later.

Don't try to "fix" it - because any user that uses MAP_NOSIGBUS had
better just accept that it's not compatible with expanding the shmem
backing store later.

Keep it simple and stupid. Hmm?

Linus

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