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SubjectRe: [PATCH] [13/16] HWPOISON: The high level memory error handler in the VM v3
On Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 09:46:59PM +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 08:57:13PM +0800, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > Obviously I don't mean just use that single call for the entire
> > handler. You can set the EIO bit or whatever you like. The
> > "error handling" you have there also seems strange. You could
> > retain it, but the page is assured to be removed from pagecache.
> You mean this?
> if (page_has_private(p) && !try_to_release_page(p, GFP_NOIO))
> return FAILED;
> If page->private cannot be removed, that means some fs may start IO on it, so
> we return FAILED.

Hmm, if you're handling buffercache here then possibly yes.
But if you throw out dirty buffer cache then you're probably
corrupting your filesystem just as bad (or even worse than
a couple of bits flipped). Just seems ad-hoc.

I guess it is best-effort in most places though, and this
doesn't take much effort. But due to being best effort
means that it is hard for someone who knows exactly what all
the code does, to know what your intentions or intended
semantics are in places like this. So short comments would help,

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