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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm/spase: never partially remove memmap for early section
On 06/23/20 at 05:21pm, Dan Williams wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 2:43 AM Wei Yang
> <> wrote:
> >
> > For early sections, we assumes its memmap will never be partially
> > removed. But current behavior breaks this.
> Where do we assume that?
> The primary use case for this was mapping pmem that collides with
> System-RAM in the same 128MB section. That collision will certainly be
> depopulated on-demand depending on the state of the pmem device. So,
> I'm not understanding the problem or the benefit of this change.

I was also confused when review this patch, the patch log is a little
short and simple. From the current code, with SPARSE_VMEMMAP enabled, we
do build memmap for the whole memory section during boot, even though
some of them may be partially populated. We just mark the subsection map
for present pages.

Later, if pmem device is mapped into the partially boot memory section,
we just fill the relevant subsection map, do return directly, w/o building
the memmap for it, in section_activate(). Because the memmap for the
unpresent RAM part have been there. I guess this is what Wei is trying to
do to keep the behaviour be consistent for pmem device adding, or
pmem device removing and later adding again.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

To me, fixing it looks good. But a clear doc or code comment is
necessary so that people can understand the code with less time.
Leaving it as is doesn't cause harm. I personally tend to choose
the former.

for_each_present_section_nr(pnum_begin, pnum) {
map = __populate_section_memmap(pfn, PAGES_PER_SECTION,
nid, NULL);
for_each_mem_pfn_range(i, MAX_NUMNODES, &start_pfn, &end_pfn, &nid) {
subsection_map_init(start_pfn, end_pfn - start_pfn);

if (nr_pages < PAGES_PER_SECTION && early_section(ms)) <----------*********
return pfn_to_page(pfn);

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