1. 28 Nov, 2005 2 commits
  2. 22 Nov, 2005 1 commit
  3. 14 Nov, 2005 3 commits
  4. 07 Nov, 2005 2 commits
    • Hugh Dickins's avatar
      [SPARC64] mm: context switch ptlock · dedeb002
      Hugh Dickins authored
      sparc64 is unique among architectures in taking the page_table_lock in
      its context switch (well, cris does too, but erroneously, and it's not
      yet SMP anyway).
      This seems to be a private affair between switch_mm and activate_mm,
      using page_table_lock as a per-mm lock, without any relation to its uses
      elsewhere.  That's fine, but comment it as such; and unlock sooner in
      switch_mm, more like in activate_mm (preemption is disabled here).
      There is a block of "if (0)"ed code in smp_flush_tlb_pending which would
      have liked to rely on the page_table_lock, in switch_mm and elsewhere;
      but its comment explains how dup_mmap's flush_tlb_mm defeated it.  And
      though that could have been changed at any time over the past few years,
      now the chance vanishes as we push the page_table_lock downwards, and
      perhaps split it per page table page.  Just delete that block of code.
      Which leaves the mysterious spin_unlock_wait(&oldmm->page_table_lock)
      in kernel/fork.c copy_mm.  Textual analysis (supported by Nick Piggin)
      suggests that the comment was written by DaveM, and that it relates to
      the defeated approach in the sparc64 smp_flush_tlb_pending.  Just delete
      this block too.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarHugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
    • Matt Helsley's avatar
      [PATCH] Process Events Connector · 9f46080c
      Matt Helsley authored
      This patch adds a connector that reports fork, exec, id change, and exit
      events for all processes to userspace.  It replaces the fork_advisor patch
      that ELSA is currently using.  Applications that may find these events
      useful include accounting/auditing (e.g.  ELSA), system activity monitoring
      (e.g.  top), security, and resource management (e.g.  CKRM).
      Signed-off-by: default avatarMatt Helsley <matthltc@us.ibm.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
  5. 30 Oct, 2005 6 commits
    • Hugh Dickins's avatar
      [PATCH] mm: ptd_alloc take ptlock · c74df32c
      Hugh Dickins authored
      Second step in pushing down the page_table_lock.  Remove the temporary
      bridging hack from __pud_alloc, __pmd_alloc, __pte_alloc: expect callers not
      to hold page_table_lock, whether it's on init_mm or a user mm; take
      page_table_lock internally to check if a racing task already allocated.
      Convert their callers from common code.  But avoid coming back to change them
      again later: instead of moving the spin_lock(&mm->page_table_lock) down,
      switch over to new macros pte_alloc_map_lock and pte_unmap_unlock, which
      encapsulate the mapping+locking and unlocking+unmapping together, and in the
      end may use alternatives to the mm page_table_lock itself.
      These callers all hold mmap_sem (some exclusively, some not), so at no level
      can a page table be whipped away from beneath them; and pte_alloc uses the
      "atomic" pmd_present to test whether it needs to allocate.  It appears that on
      all arches we can safely descend without page_table_lock.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarHugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
    • Hugh Dickins's avatar
      [PATCH] mm: dup_mmap down new mmap_sem · 7ee78232
      Hugh Dickins authored
      One anomaly remains from when Andrea rationalized the responsibilities of
      mmap_sem and page_table_lock: in dup_mmap we add vmas to the child holding its
      page_table_lock, but not the mmap_sem which normally guards the vma list and
      rbtree.  Which could be an issue for unuse_mm: though since it just walks down
      the list (today with page_table_lock, tomorrow not), it's probably okay.  Will
      need a memory barrier?  Oh, keep it simple, Nick and I agreed, no harm in
      taking child's mmap_sem here.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarHugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
    • Hugh Dickins's avatar
      [PATCH] mm: dup_mmap use oldmm more · fd3e42fc
      Hugh Dickins authored
      Use the parent's oldmm throughout dup_mmap, instead of perversely going back
      to current->mm.  (Can you hear the sigh of relief from those mpnts?  Usually I
      squash them, but not today.)
      Signed-off-by: default avatarHugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
    • Hugh Dickins's avatar
      [PATCH] mm: rss = file_rss + anon_rss · 4294621f
      Hugh Dickins authored
      I was lazy when we added anon_rss, and chose to change as few places as
      possible.  So currently each anonymous page has to be counted twice, in rss
      and in anon_rss.  Which won't be so good if those are atomic counts in some
      Change that around: keep file_rss and anon_rss separately, and add them
      together (with get_mm_rss macro) when the total is needed - reading two
      atomics is much cheaper than updating two atomics.  And update anon_rss
      upfront, typically in memory.c, not tucked away in page_add_anon_rmap.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarHugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
    • Hugh Dickins's avatar
      [PATCH] mm: mm_init set_mm_counters · 404351e6
      Hugh Dickins authored
      How is anon_rss initialized?  In dup_mmap, and by mm_alloc's memset; but
      that's not so good if an mm_counter_t is a special type.  And how is rss
      initialized?  By set_mm_counter, all over the place.  Come on, we just need to
      initialize them both at once by set_mm_counter in mm_init (which follows the
      memcpy when forking).
      Signed-off-by: default avatarHugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
    • Hugh Dickins's avatar
      [PATCH] mm: vm_stat_account unshackled · ab50b8ed
      Hugh Dickins authored
      The original vm_stat_account has fallen into disuse, with only one user, and
      only one user of vm_stat_unaccount.  It's easier to keep track if we convert
      them all to __vm_stat_account, then free it from its __shackles.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarHugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
  6. 20 Oct, 2005 1 commit
  7. 17 Sep, 2005 1 commit
  8. 09 Sep, 2005 4 commits
    • Dipankar Sarma's avatar
      [PATCH] files: files struct with RCU · ab2af1f5
      Dipankar Sarma authored
      Patch to eliminate struct files_struct.file_lock spinlock on the reader side
      and use rcu refcounting rcuref_xxx api for the f_count refcounter.  The
      updates to the fdtable are done by allocating a new fdtable structure and
      setting files->fdt to point to the new structure.  The fdtable structure is
      protected by RCU thereby allowing lock-free lookup.  For fd arrays/sets that
      are vmalloced, we use keventd to free them since RCU callbacks can't sleep.  A
      global list of fdtable to be freed is not scalable, so we use a per-cpu list.
      If keventd is already handling the current cpu's work, we use a timer to defer
      queueing of that work.
      Since the last publication, this patch has been re-written to avoid using
      explicit memory barriers and use rcu_assign_pointer(), rcu_dereference()
      premitives instead.  This required that the fd information is kept in a
      separate structure (fdtable) and updated atomically.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarDipankar Sarma <dipankar@in.ibm.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
    • Dipankar Sarma's avatar
      [PATCH] files: break up files struct · badf1662
      Dipankar Sarma authored
      In order for the RCU to work, the file table array, sets and their sizes must
      be updated atomically.  Instead of ensuring this through too many memory
      barriers, we put the arrays and their sizes in a separate structure.  This
      patch takes the first step of putting the file table elements in a separate
      structure fdtable that is embedded withing files_struct.  It also changes all
      the users to refer to the file table using files_fdtable() macro.  Subsequent
      applciation of RCU becomes easier after this.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarDipankar Sarma <dipankar@in.ibm.com>
      Signed-Off-By: default avatarDavid Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
    • Jason Baron's avatar
      [PATCH] fix disassociate_ctty vs. fork race · b0d62e6d
      Jason Baron authored
      Race is as follows. Process A forks process B, both being part of the same
      session. Then, A calls disassociate_ctty while B forks C:
      A				B
      ====				====
      dissasociate_ctty()		....
      				  attach_pid(p, PIDTYPE_SID, p->signal->session);
      Now, C can have current->signal->tty pointing to a freed tty structure, as
      it hasn't yet been added to the session group (to have its controlling tty
      cleared on the diassociate_ctty() call).
      This has shown up as an oops but could be even more serious.  I haven't
      tried to create a test case, but a customer has verified that the patch
      below resolves the issue, which was occuring quite frequently.  I'll try
      and post the test case if i can.
      The patch simply checks for a NULL tty *after* it has been attached to the
      proper session group and clears it as necessary.  Alternatively, we could
      simply do the tty assignment after the the process is added to the proper
      session group.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarJason Baron <jbaron@redhat.com>
      Cc: Roland McGrath <roland@redhat.com>
      Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
    • Giancarlo Formicuccia's avatar
      [PATCH] Clear task_struct->fs_excl on fork() · 4b5d37ac
      Giancarlo Formicuccia authored
      An oversight.  We don't want to carry the IO scheduler's "we hold exclusive fs
      resources" hint over to the child across fork().
      Acked-by: default avatarJens Axboe <axboe@suse.de>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
  9. 05 Sep, 2005 1 commit
    • Laurent Vivier's avatar
      [PATCH] UML Support - Ptrace: adds the host SYSEMU support, for UML and general usage · ed75e8d5
      Laurent Vivier authored
            Jeff Dike <jdike@addtoit.com>,
            Paolo 'Blaisorblade' Giarrusso <blaisorblade_spam@yahoo.it>,
            Bodo Stroesser <bstroesser@fujitsu-siemens.com>
      Adds a new ptrace(2) mode, called PTRACE_SYSEMU, resembling PTRACE_SYSCALL
      except that the kernel does not execute the requested syscall; this is useful
      to improve performance for virtual environments, like UML, which want to run
      the syscall on their own.
      In fact, using PTRACE_SYSCALL means stopping child execution twice, on entry
      and on exit, and each time you also have two context switches; with SYSEMU you
      avoid the 2nd stop and so save two context switches per syscall.
      Also, some architectures don't have support in the host for changing the
      syscall number via ptrace(), which is currently needed to skip syscall
      execution (UML turns any syscall into getpid() to avoid it being executed on
      the host).  Fixing that is hard, while SYSEMU is easier to implement.
      * This version of the patch includes some suggestions of Jeff Dike to avoid
        adding any instructions to the syscall fast path, plus some other little
        changes, by myself, to make it work even when the syscall is executed with
        SYSENTER (but I'm unsure about them). It has been widely tested for quite a
        lot of time.
      * Various fixed were included to handle the various switches between
        various states, i.e. when for instance a syscall entry is traced with one of
        PT_SYSCALL / _SYSEMU / _SINGLESTEP and another one is used on exit.
        Basically, this is done by remembering which one of them was used even after
        the call to ptrace_notify().
        to make do_syscall_trace() notice that the current syscall was started with
        SYSEMU on entry, so that no notification ought to be done in the exit path;
        this is a bit of a hack, so this problem is solved in another way in next
      * Also, the effects of the patch:
      "Ptrace - i386: fix Syscall Audit interaction with singlestep"
      are cancelled; they are restored back in the last patch of this series.
      Detailed descriptions of the patches doing this kind of processing follow (but
      I've already summed everything up).
      * Fix behaviour when changing interception kind #1.
        In do_syscall_trace(), we check the status of the TIF_SYSCALL_EMU flag
        only after doing the debugger notification; but the debugger might have
        changed the status of this flag because he continued execution with
        PTRACE_SYSCALL, so this is wrong.  This patch fixes it by saving the flag
        status before calling ptrace_notify().
      * Fix behaviour when changing interception kind #2:
        avoid intercepting syscall on return when using SYSCALL again.
        A guest process switching from using PTRACE_SYSEMU to PTRACE_SYSCALL
        The problem is in arch/i386/kernel/entry.S.  The current SYSEMU patch
        inhibits the syscall-handler to be called, but does not prevent
        do_syscall_trace() to be called after this for syscall completion
        The appended patch fixes this.  It reuses the flag TIF_SYSCALL_EMU to
        remember "we come from PTRACE_SYSEMU and now are in PTRACE_SYSCALL", since
        the flag is unused in the depicted situation.
      * Fix behaviour when changing interception kind #3:
        avoid intercepting syscall on return when using SINGLESTEP.
        When testing 2.6.9 and the skas3.v6 patch, with my latest patch and had
        problems with singlestepping on UML in SKAS with SYSEMU.  It looped
        receiving SIGTRAPs without moving forward.  EIP of the traced process was
        the same for all SIGTRAPs.
      What's missing is to handle switching from PTRACE_SYSCALL_EMU to
      PTRACE_SINGLESTEP in a way very similar to what is done for the change from
      I.e., after calling ptrace(PTRACE_SYSEMU), on the return path, the debugger is
      notified and then wake ups the process; the syscall is executed (or skipped,
      when do_syscall_trace() returns 0, i.e.  when using PTRACE_SYSEMU), and
      do_syscall_trace() is called again.  Since we are on the return path of a
      SYSEMU'd syscall, if the wake up is performed through ptrace(PTRACE_SYSCALL),
      we must still avoid notifying the parent of the syscall exit.  Now, this
      behaviour is extended even to resuming with PTRACE_SINGLESTEP.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarPaolo 'Blaisorblade' Giarrusso <blaisorblade@yahoo.it>
      Cc: Jeff Dike <jdike@addtoit.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
  10. 12 Jul, 2005 1 commit
  11. 27 Jun, 2005 1 commit
    • Jens Axboe's avatar
      [PATCH] Update cfq io scheduler to time sliced design · 22e2c507
      Jens Axboe authored
      This updates the CFQ io scheduler to the new time sliced design (cfq
      v3).  It provides full process fairness, while giving excellent
      aggregate system throughput even for many competing processes.  It
      supports io priorities, either inherited from the cpu nice value or set
      directly with the ioprio_get/set syscalls.  The latter closely mimic
      This import is based on my latest from -mm.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarJens Axboe <axboe@suse.de>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
  12. 25 Jun, 2005 1 commit
  13. 22 Jun, 2005 2 commits
    • Hugh Dickins's avatar
      [PATCH] dup_mmap: update comment on new vma · 45918e1a
      Hugh Dickins authored
      Remove part of comment on linking new vma in dup_mmap: since anon_vma rmap
      came in, try_to_unmap_one knows the vma without needing find_vma.  But add
      a comment to note that here vma is inserted without mmap_sem.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarHugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
    • Wolfgang Wander's avatar
      [PATCH] Avoiding mmap fragmentation · 1363c3cd
      Wolfgang Wander authored
      Ingo recently introduced a great speedup for allocating new mmaps using the
      free_area_cache pointer which boosts the specweb SSL benchmark by 4-5% and
      causes huge performance increases in thread creation.
      The downside of this patch is that it does lead to fragmentation in the
      mmap-ed areas (visible via /proc/self/maps), such that some applications
      that work fine under 2.4 kernels quickly run out of memory on any 2.6
      The problem is twofold:
        1) the free_area_cache is used to continue a search for memory where
           the last search ended.  Before the change new areas were always
           searched from the base address on.
           So now new small areas are cluttering holes of all sizes
           throughout the whole mmap-able region whereas before small holes
           tended to close holes near the base leaving holes far from the base
           large and available for larger requests.
        2) the free_area_cache also is set to the location of the last
           munmap-ed area so in scenarios where we allocate e.g.  five regions of
           1K each, then free regions 4 2 3 in this order the next request for 1K
           will be placed in the position of the old region 3, whereas before we
           appended it to the still active region 1, placing it at the location
           of the old region 2.  Before we had 1 free region of 2K, now we only
           get two free regions of 1K -> fragmentation.
      The patch addresses thes issues by introducing yet another cache descriptor
      cached_hole_size that contains the largest known hole size below the
      current free_area_cache.  If a new request comes in the size is compared
      against the cached_hole_size and if the request can be filled with a hole
      below free_area_cache the search is started from the base instead.
      The results look promising: Whereas 2.6.12-rc4 fragments quickly and my
      (earlier posted) leakme.c test program terminates after 50000+ iterations
      with 96 distinct and fragmented maps in /proc/self/maps it performs nicely
      (as expected) with thread creation, Ingo's test_str02 with 20000 threads
      requires 0.7s system time.
      Taking out Ingo's patch (un-patch available per request) by basically
      deleting all mentions of free_area_cache from the kernel and starting the
      search for new memory always at the respective bases we observe: leakme
      terminates successfully with 11 distinctive hardly fragmented areas in
      /proc/self/maps but thread creating is gringdingly slow: 30+s(!) system
      time for Ingo's test_str02 with 20000 threads.
      Now - drumroll ;-) the appended patch works fine with leakme: it ends with
      only 7 distinct areas in /proc/self/maps and also thread creation seems
      sufficiently fast with 0.71s for 20000 threads.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarWolfgang Wander <wwc@rentec.com>
      Credit-to: "Richard Purdie" <rpurdie@rpsys.net>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarKen Chen <kenneth.w.chen@intel.com>
      Acked-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu> (partly)
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
  14. 16 Apr, 2005 1 commit
    • Linus Torvalds's avatar
      Linux-2.6.12-rc2 · 1da177e4
      Linus Torvalds authored
      Initial git repository build. I'm not bothering with the full history,
      even though we have it. We can create a separate "historical" git
      archive of that later if we want to, and in the meantime it's about
      3.2GB when imported into git - space that would just make the early
      git days unnecessarily complicated, when we don't have a lot of good
      infrastructure for it.
      Let it rip!