[#5446] BUG() in nommu.c add_nommu_region() when using ALSA mmap

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[#5446] BUG() in nommu.c add_nommu_region() when using ALSA mmap

Submitted By: Peter Meerwald

Open Date

2009-08-17 13:20:30     Close Date

2009-12-04 01:08:25


Medium     Assignee:

Graf Yang


Closed     Fixed In Release:


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Summary: BUG() in nommu.c add_nommu_region() when using ALSA mmap



I get a BUG() in nommu.c add_nommu_region(), line 534 when using ALSA (e.g. with linphone)


the BUG() is caused by the following code in nommu.c, do_mmap_pgoff(), see XXX comments:


        /* obtain the address at which to make a shared mapping

         * - this is the hook for quasi-memory character devices to

         *   tell us the location of a shared mapping


        if (file && file->f_op->get_unmapped_area) {

                        // XXX this calls dummy_get_unmapped_area() in pcm_native.c which just returns 0

            addr = file->f_op->get_unmapped_area(file, addr, len,

                                 pgoff, flags);

            if (IS_ERR((void *) addr)) {

                ret = addr;

                if (ret != (unsigned long) -ENOSYS)

                    goto error_just_free;


                /* the driver refused to tell us where to site

                 * the mapping so we'll have to attempt to copy

                 * it */

                ret = (unsigned long) -ENODEV;

                if (!(capabilities & BDI_CAP_MAP_COPY))

                    goto error_just_free;


                capabilities &= ~BDI_CAP_MAP_DIRECT;

            } else {

                                //XXX here we let the region start at zero which is incorrect

                vma->vm_start = region->vm_start = addr;

                vma->vm_end = region->vm_end = addr + len;





    vma->vm_region = region;


    /* set up the mapping */

    if (file && vma->vm_flags & VM_SHARED)

                // XXX there the vma is changed, but not the region

                // XXX we end up with a vma which is not within the region (!!)

        ret = do_mmap_shared_file(vma);


        ret = do_mmap_private(vma, region, len);

    if (ret < 0)

        goto error_put_region;





I'm not sure how to best fix this; one way is to implement dummy_get_unmapped_area() such that it return the correct address -- this approach can also be seen here: http://mailman.alsa-project.org/pipermail/alsa-devel/2009-March/015802.html (I'm not sure what happened with the patch)


alternatively, one can correct the region after do_mmap_shared_file() using the data from vma




--- Graf Yang                                                2009-09-25 03:27:17

I have checked in a patch to fix this bug.

Mainline will fix it also.


--- Robin Getz                                               2009-09-25 10:04:06



I think mainline (David H) said your patch was wrong, and I didn't see any

follow up from you on this.


I don't think this is fixed/closed yet...


Please follow up on the mailing list.


On Thu 24 Sep 2009 08:29, David Howells pondered:

> <graff.yang@gmail.com> wrote:


> > Due to the new vm_region codes, mmap will failed if it is


> > or the get_unmapped_area() not do actual things.


> Hmmm...  Seems one of my debugging patches had a work around for this -

> all it did was #ifdef-out the first if-statement in do_mmap_private().

> That, however, prevents XIP.


> Sadly, your patch doesn't completely fix the problem either.  The BUG in

> add_nommu_region() barks.


> Let me poke at it some more.


> David


--- Mike Frysinger                                           2009-09-25 13:01:38

true, but there isnt much for us to do but wait for David.  he didnt say the

proposed change was wrong as much as it was incomplete.  until he fixes it,

keeping this in our tree is OK i think.


--- Michael Hennerich                                        2009-09-25 14:26:05

Agreed -

No BUG()s barking for me in mm/nommu -

this patch fixed all the problems I've been aware of.

And didn't add new ones...


--- Graf Yang                                                2009-09-26 23:06:18

David had sent out his own patch, and is merged into mainline.


Now the memory map address should be got from get_unmapped_area().


I think I will add it to our fb driver later.


--- Mike Frysinger                                           2009-09-26 23:13:59

are you talking about this commit ?

NOMMU: Fix MAP_PRIVATE mmap() of objects where the data can be mapped directly


--- Graf Yang                                                2009-09-27 00:18:29


[merged] nommu-fix-map_private-mmap-of-objects-where-the-data-can-be-mapped

directly.patch removed from -mm tree

commit a190887b58c32d19c2eee007c5eb8faa970a69ba


--- Mike Frysinger                                           2009-09-27 02:30:54

ok, ive merged the two commits David has put into mainline












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