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From: Balbir Singh <bsingharora@gmail.com>
To: Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	Baoquan He <bhe@redhat.com>, Oscar Salvador <OSalvador@suse.com>,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm, memory_hotplug: check zone_movable in has_unmovable_pages
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2018 21:45:41 +1100
Message-ID: <20181109104541.GE9042@350D> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20181107130655.GE27423@dhcp22.suse.cz>

On Wed, Nov 07, 2018 at 02:06:55PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Wed 07-11-18 23:53:24, Balbir Singh wrote:
> > On Wed, Nov 07, 2018 at 08:35:48AM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > > On Wed 07-11-18 07:35:18, Balbir Singh wrote:
> [...]
> > > > The check seems to be quite aggressive and in a loop that iterates
> > > > pages, but has nothing to do with the page, did you mean to make
> > > > the check
> > > > 
> > > > zone_idx(page_zone(page)) == ZONE_MOVABLE
> > > 
> > > Does it make any difference? Can we actually encounter a page from a
> > > different zone here?
> > > 
> > 
> > Just to avoid page state related issues, do we want to go ahead
> > with the migration if zone_idx(page_zone(page)) != ZONE_MOVABLE.
> 
> Could you be more specific what kind of state related issues you have in
> mind?
> 

I was wondering if page_zone() is setup correctly, but it's setup
upfront, so I don't think that is ever an issue.

> > > > it also skips all checks for pinned pages and other checks
> > > 
> > > Yes, this is intentional and the comment tries to explain why. I wish we
> > > could be add a more specific checks for movable pages - e.g. detect long
> > > term pins that would prevent migration - but we do not have any facility
> > > for that. Please note that the worst case of a false positive is a
> > > repeated migration failure and user has a way to break out of migration
> > > by a signal.
> > >
> > 
> > Basically isolate_pages() will fail as opposed to hotplug failing upfront.
> > The basic assertion this patch makes is that all ZONE_MOVABLE pages that
> > are not reserved are hotpluggable.
> 
> Yes, that is correct.
>

I wonder if it is easier to catch a __SetPageReserved() on ZONE_MOVABLE memory
at set time, the downside is that we never know if that memory will ever be
hot(un)plugged. The patch itself, I think is OK

Acked-by: Balbir Singh <bsingharora@gmail.com>

Balbir Singh.

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Thread overview: 12+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-11-06  9:55 Michal Hocko
2018-11-06 11:00 ` osalvador
2018-11-06 20:35 ` Balbir Singh
2018-11-07  7:35   ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-07  7:40     ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-07  7:55     ` osalvador
2018-11-07  8:14       ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-07 12:53     ` Balbir Singh
2018-11-07 13:06       ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-09 10:45         ` Balbir Singh [this message]
2018-11-15  3:13 ` Baoquan He
2018-11-15  3:18   ` Baoquan He

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