Commit a425a638 authored by Mel Gorman's avatar Mel Gorman Committed by Linus Torvalds

Ignore madvise(MADV_WILLNEED) for hugetlbfs-backed regions

madvise(MADV_WILLNEED) forces page cache readahead on a range of memory
backed by a file.  The assumption is made that the page required is
order-0 and "normal" page cache.

On hugetlbfs, this assumption is not true and order-0 pages are
allocated and inserted into the hugetlbfs page cache.  This leaks
hugetlbfs page reservations and can cause BUGs to trigger related to
corrupted page tables.

This patch causes MADV_WILLNEED to be ignored for hugetlbfs-backed
Signed-off-by: default avatarMel Gorman <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 99ee1297
......@@ -112,6 +112,14 @@ static long madvise_willneed(struct vm_area_struct * vma,
if (!file)
return -EBADF;
* Page cache readahead assumes page cache pages are order-0 which
* is not the case for hugetlbfs. Do not give a bad return value
* but ignore the advice.
if (vma->vm_flags & VM_HUGETLB)
return 0;
if (file->f_mapping->a_ops->get_xip_mem) {
/* no bad return value, but ignore advice */
return 0;
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