lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2017]   [Nov]   [27]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
Date
From
SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 2/5] mm: memory_hotplug: Remove assumption on memory state before hotremove
Hi again,

On Mon 27 Nov 2017, 15:20, Robin Murphy wrote:
> On 24/11/17 15:54, Andrea Reale wrote:
> >On Fri 24 Nov 2017, 16:43, Michal Hocko wrote:
> >>On Fri 24-11-17 14:49:17, Andrea Reale wrote:
> >>>Hi Rafael,
> >>>
> >>>On Fri 24 Nov 2017, 15:39, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> >>>>On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 11:22 AM, Andrea Reale <ar@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> >>>>>Resending the patch adding linux-acpi in CC, as suggested by Rafael.
> >>>>>Everyone else: apologies for the noise.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>Commit 242831eb15a0 ("Memory hotplug / ACPI: Simplify memory removal")
> >>>>>introduced an assumption whereas when control
> >>>>>reaches remove_memory the corresponding memory has been already
> >>>>>offlined. In that case, the acpi_memhotplug was making sure that
> >>>>>the assumption held.
> >>>>>This assumption, however, is not necessarily true if offlining
> >>>>>and removal are not done by the same "controller" (for example,
> >>>>>when first offlining via sysfs).
> >>>>>
> >>>>>Removing this assumption for the generic remove_memory code
> >>>>>and moving it in the specific acpi_memhotplug code. This is
> >>>>>a dependency for the software-aided arm64 offlining and removal
> >>>>>process.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>Signed-off-by: Andrea Reale <ar@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> >>>>>Signed-off-by: Maciej Bielski <m.bielski@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> >>>>>---
> >>>>> drivers/acpi/acpi_memhotplug.c | 2 +-
> >>>>> include/linux/memory_hotplug.h | 9 ++++++---
> >>>>> mm/memory_hotplug.c | 13 +++++++++----
> >>>>> 3 files changed, 16 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)
> >>>>>
> >>>>>diff --git a/drivers/acpi/acpi_memhotplug.c b/drivers/acpi/acpi_memhotplug.c
> >>>>>index 6b0d3ef..b0126a0 100644
> >>>>>--- a/drivers/acpi/acpi_memhotplug.c
> >>>>>+++ b/drivers/acpi/acpi_memhotplug.c
> >>>>>@@ -282,7 +282,7 @@ static void acpi_memory_remove_memory(struct acpi_memory_device *mem_device)
> >>>>> nid = memory_add_physaddr_to_nid(info->start_addr);
> >>>>>
> >>>>> acpi_unbind_memory_blocks(info);
> >>>>>- remove_memory(nid, info->start_addr, info->length);
> >>>>>+ BUG_ON(remove_memory(nid, info->start_addr, info->length));
> >>>>
> >>>>Why does this have to be BUG_ON()? Is it really necessary to kill the
> >>>>system here?
> >>>
> >>>Actually, I hoped you would help me understand that: that BUG() call was introduced
> >>>by yourself in Commit 242831eb15a0 ("Memory hotplug / ACPI: Simplify memory removal")
> >>>in memory_hoptlug.c:remove_memory()).
> >>>
> >>>Just reading at that commit my understanding was that you were assuming
> >>>that acpi_memory_remove_memory() have already done the job of offlining
> >>>the target memory, so there would be a bug if that wasn't the case.
> >>>
> >>>In my case, that assumption did not hold and I found that it might not
> >>>hold for other platforms that do not use ACPI. In fact, the purpose of
> >>>this patch is to move this assumption out of the generic hotplug code
> >>>and move it to ACPI code where it originated.
> >>
> >>remove_memory failure is basically impossible to handle AFAIR. The
> >>original code to BUG in remove_memory is ugly as hell and we do not want
> >>to spread that out of that function. Instead we really want to get rid
> >>of it.
> >
> >Today, BUG() is called even in the simple case where remove fails
> >because the section we are removing is not offline. I cannot see any need to
> >BUG() in such a case: an error code seems more than sufficient to me.
> >This is why this patch removes the BUG() call when the "offline" check
> >fails from the generic code.
> >It moves it back to the ACPI call, where the assumption
> >originated. Honestlly, I cannot tell if it makes sense to BUG() there:
> >I have nothing against removing it from ACPI hotplug too, but
> >I don't know enough to feel free to change the acpi semantics myself, so I
> >moved it there to keep the original behavior unchanged for x86 code.
> >
> >In this arm64 hot-remove port, offline and remove are done in two separate
> >steps, and is conceivable that an user tries erroneusly to remove some
> >section that he forgot to offline first: in that case, with the patch,
> >remove will just report an erro without BUGing.
>
> The user can already kill the system by misusing the sysfs probe driver;
> should similar theoretical misuse of your sysfs remove driver really need to
> be all that different?
>
> >Is my reasoning flawed?
>
> Furthermore, even if your driver does want to enforce this, I don't see why
> it can't just do the equivalent of memory_subsys_offline() itself before
> even trying to call remove_memory().
>
> Robin.

My whole point is that I do not see any good reason to kill the system
when an hot-remove fails. My guess is that the original assumption is
that - once a memory is successfully offlined - then hot remove should
always succeed. Even if we assume that offlining and removal are always
done in one single step (but then why expose the separate sysfs handle
to offline without removing memory), I don't see that as a good excuse
to kill the system: there is no critical kernel state being compromised
AFAICT, so we can leave the system happily running with an hot remove
that did not succeed.

Thanks,
Andrea

> >
> >Cheers,
> >Andrea
> >
> >>--
> >>Michal Hocko
> >>SUSE Labs
> >>--
> >>To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-acpi" in
> >>the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
> >>More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
> >>
> >
> >
> >_______________________________________________
> >linux-arm-kernel mailing list
> >linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org
> >http://lists.infradead.org/mailman/listinfo/linux-arm-kernel
> >
> --
> To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-acpi" in
> the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
> More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
>

\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2017-11-27 18:48    [W:0.091 / U:10.768 seconds]
©2003-2018 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site