mm: delete unnecessary and unsafe init_tlb_ubc()

init_tlb_ubc() looked unnecessary to me: tlb_ubc is statically
initialized with zeroes in the init_task, and copied from parent to
child while it is quiescent in arch_dup_task_struct(); so I went to
delete it.

But inserted temporary debug WARN_ONs in place of init_tlb_ubc() to
check that it was always empty at that point, and found them firing:
because memcg reclaim can recurse into global reclaim (when allocating
biosets for swapout in my case), and arrive back at the init_tlb_ubc()
in shrink_node_memcg().

Resetting tlb_ubc.flush_required at that point is wrong: if the upper
level needs a deferred TLB flush, but the lower level turns out not to,
we miss a TLB flush.  But fortunately, that's the only part of the
protocol that does not nest: with the initialization removed, cpumask
collects bits from upper and lower levels, and flushes TLB when needed.

Fixes: 72b252aed506 ("mm: send one IPI per CPU to TLB flush all entries after unmapping pages")
Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <>
Acked-by: Mel Gorman <>
Cc: # 4.3+
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
index b1e12a1..0fe8b71 100644
--- a/mm/vmscan.c
+++ b/mm/vmscan.c
@@ -2303,23 +2303,6 @@
-static void init_tlb_ubc(void)
-	/*
-	 * This deliberately does not clear the cpumask as it's expensive
-	 * and unnecessary. If there happens to be data in there then the
-	 * first SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX pages will send an unnecessary IPI and
-	 * then will be cleared.
-	 */
-	current->tlb_ubc.flush_required = false;
-static inline void init_tlb_ubc(void)
  * This is a basic per-node page freer.  Used by both kswapd and direct reclaim.
@@ -2355,8 +2338,6 @@
 	scan_adjusted = (global_reclaim(sc) && !current_is_kswapd() &&
 			 sc->priority == DEF_PRIORITY);
-	init_tlb_ubc();
 	while (nr[LRU_INACTIVE_ANON] || nr[LRU_ACTIVE_FILE] ||
 					nr[LRU_INACTIVE_FILE]) {