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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: do not call bad_page on PG_reserved check
On Sat, 18 Nov 2006, David Rientjes wrote:

> The return value of free_pages_check() indicates if PG_reserved was set.
> If so, the calling functions return immediately and no pages are freed so
> there is no need to call bad_page().
>
> Cc: Andi Kleen <ak@suse.de>
> Cc: Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de>
> Signed-off-by: David Rientjes <rientjes@cs.washington.edu>

NAK. You're missing the point. If an attempt is made to free a
reserved page, it implies that the page reference counting has
gone wrong: we want to hear about that (so call bad_page),
and we dare not reuse the page (so skip freeing it).

What might be a good change, is to avoid freeing a page which meets
_any_ of the criteria for calling bad_page: I often wonder whether
to do that, alongside abandoning that hopeless page_mapcount BUG in
page_remove_rmap, which has almost(?) never helped lead us to any fix.

Hugh

> ---
> mm/page_alloc.c | 1 -
> 1 files changed, 0 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/mm/page_alloc.c b/mm/page_alloc.c
> index bf2f6cf..99bc29d 100644
> --- a/mm/page_alloc.c
> +++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
> @@ -439,7 +439,6 @@ static inline int free_pages_check(struc
> 1 << PG_slab |
> 1 << PG_swapcache |
> 1 << PG_writeback |
> - 1 << PG_reserved |
> 1 << PG_buddy ))))
> bad_page(page);
> if (PageDirty(page))
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