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Subject[PATCH 0 of 6] [RFC] another attempt at making hotplug memory and xen play together
Hi hotplug-memory people,

Here's my current set of WIP patches for using hotplug memory with the
Xen balloon driver. I'm including all the xen-balloon patches so you
have context for evaluating my hotplug-memory changes.

The gist of the changes to the hotplug memory subsystem is:

- split online_pages up so that users can grow the zones and actually
online the pages as separate operations,

- remove a bunch of duplicate definitions of online_page() (this is
just a generally useful cleanup, and it serves to make the later
change smaller)

- add a section_ops structure, which defines functions to online and
offline pages. By default this just calls the standard
online_page() function, but the xen-balloon driver can install its
own version which avoids onlining pages with no backing store.

The latter is my generalization of Kamezawa-san's suggestion to put a
hook in the x86-32 online_page() function. My problem with this idea
is 1) how should the Xen callback know whether it should do anything
special with a given page, and 2) what would happen if two people
wanted to use the hook? Generally, when we want different kinds of
the same object to have different behaviours, we add an ops structure
and fill it out appropriately, so that's what I decided to do.
Unfortunately threading the ops pointer through the callchain makes
the patch a little large, but not very complex.


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