Re: [PATCH 0/3] mm: fix nested allocation context filtering

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On 4/30/24 7:28 AM, Dave Chinner wrote:
> This patchset is the followup to the comment I made earlier today:
> Tl;dr: Memory allocations that are done inside the public memory
> allocation API need to obey the reclaim recursion constraints placed
> on the allocation by the original caller, including the "don't track
> recursion for this allocation" case defined by __GFP_NOLOCKDEP.
> These nested allocations are generally in debug code that is
> tracking something about the allocation (kmemleak, KASAN, etc) and
> so are allocating private kernel objects that only that debug system
> will use.
> Neither the page-owner code nor the stack depot code get this right.
> They also also clear GFP_ZONEMASK as a separate operation, which is
> completely redundant because the constraint filter applied
> immediately after guarantees that GFP_ZONEMASK bits are cleared.
> kmemleak gets this filtering right. It preserves the allocation
> constraints for deadlock prevention and clears all other context
> flags whilst also ensuring that the nested allocation will fail
> quickly, silently and without depleting emergency kernel reserves if
> there is no memory available.
> This can be made much more robust, immune to whack-a-mole games and
> the code greatly simplified by lifting gfp_kmemleak_mask() to
> include/linux/gfp.h and using that everywhere. Also document it so
> that there is no excuse for not knowing about it when writing new
> debug code that nests allocations.
> Tested with lockdep, KASAN + page_owner=on and kmemleak=on over
> multiple fstests runs with XFS.

Reviewed-by: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@xxxxxxx>


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