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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] mm: fix alginment of VMA for memory mapped files on THP
On Mon, Aug 01, 2022 at 11:47:40AM -0700, wrote:
> From: alexlzhu <>
> With CONFIG_READ_ONLY_THP_FOR_FS, the Linux kernel supports using THPs for
> read-only mmapped files, such as shared libraries. However, the
> kernel makes no attempt to actually align those mappings on 2MB boundaries,
> which makes it impossible to use those THPs most of the time. This issue
> applies to general file mapping THP as well as existing setups using
> CONFIG_READ_ONLY_THP_FOR_FS. This is easily fixed by using
> thp_get_unmapped_area for the unmapped_area function in btrfs, which is
> what ext2, ext4, fuse, and xfs all use.

Commit dbe6ec815641 ("ext2/4, xfs: call thp_get_unmapped_area() for pmd
mappings") adds the callback for DAX, that btrfs does not support so it
was left out.

> The problem can be seen in
> /proc/PID/smaps where THPeligible is set to 0 on mappings to eligible
> shared object files as shown below.
> Before this patch:
> 7fc6a7e18000-7fc6a80cc000 r-xp 00000000 00:1e 199856
> /usr/lib64/
> Size: 2768 kB
> THPeligible: 0
> VmFlags: rd ex mr mw me
> With this patch the library is mapped at a 2MB aligned address:
> fbdfe200000-7fbdfe4b4000 r-xp 00000000 00:1e 199856
> /usr/lib64/
> Size: 2768 kB
> THPeligible: 1
> VmFlags: rd ex mr mw me
> This fixes the alignment of VMAs for any mmap of a file that has the
> rd and ex permissions and size >= 2MB. The VMA alignment and
> THPeligible field for anonymous memory is handled separately and
> is thus not effected by this change.
> Signed-off-by: alexlzhu <>

Please use full name for signed-off.

Also the subject should start with "btrfs:", this is not a memory
management patch. Thanks.

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