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SubjectRe: [PATCH]: Remove PF_MEMDIE as it is redundant
>>>>> "robert" == Robert Love <> writes:

robert> On Wed, 2003-01-08 at 18:49, Juan Quintela wrote:
>> That is a nice theory, and I think that this could be true in the
>> past, but in 2.4.2X, PF_MEMDIE only appears in the two places that I
>> show, and it is completely redundant, look at the patch, we are just
>> |-ing both PF_MEMALLOC and PF_MEMDIE and later we are &-ing against
>> the or of the two. Use find & grep yourself if you don't believe me.

robert> I realize this.

robert> The issue is that PF_MEMALLOC can be _cleared_. In that case, if you
robert> only set PF_MEMALLOC, that check can be false when we want it true. So
robert> we need a flag that is more persistent.

robert> PF_MEMDIE, which is not cleared on various allocation paths in the VM,
robert> ensures that the check holds true for all OOM'ed tasks.

robert> I thought the same as you, "hey this thing is worthless let us dump it",
robert> and Rik and Andrew told me otherwise.

robert> I am not saying you are wrong, though - I could be very wrong. But my
robert> point is not what you say above; it is that the flag is needed because
robert> just setting PF_MEMALLOC is insufficient since it can be unset.

I saw the light, thanks for the explanation.

Later, Juan.

In theory, practice and theory are the same, but in practice they
are different -- Larry McVoy
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