Re: [PATCH 1/4] KVM: delete .change_pte MMU notifier callback

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On Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 3:56 PM Peter Xu <peterx@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Paolo,
> I may miss a bunch of details here (as I still remember some change_pte
> patches previously on the list..), however not sure whether we considered
> enable it?  Asked because I remember Andrea used to have a custom tree
> maintaining that part:

The patch enables it only for KSM, so it would still require a bunch
of cleanups, for example I also would still use set_pte_at() in all
the places that are not KSM. This would at least fix the issue with
the poor documentation of where to use set_pte_at_notify() vs

With regard to the implementation, I like the idea of disabling the
invalidation on the MMU notifier side, but I would rather have
MMU_NOTIFIER_CHANGE_PTE as a separate field in the range instead of
overloading the event field.

> Maybe it can't be enabled for some reason that I overlooked in the current
> tree, or we just decided to not to?

I have just learnt about the patch, nobody had ever mentioned it even
though it's almost 2 years old... It's a lot of code though and no one
has ever reported an issue for over 10 years, so I think it's easiest
to just rip the code out.


> Thanks,
> --
> Peter Xu

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