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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm/spase: never partially remove memmap for early section
On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 09:10:09AM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
>On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 11:14 PM Wei Yang
><> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 05:18:28PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
>> >On Tue 23-06-20 17:42:58, Wei Yang wrote:
>> >> For early sections, we assumes its memmap will never be partially
>> >> removed. But current behavior breaks this.
>> >>
>> >> Let's correct it.
>> >>
>> >> Fixes: ba72b4c8cf60 ("mm/sparsemem: support sub-section hotplug")
>> >> Signed-off-by: Wei Yang <>
>> >
>> >Can a user trigger this or is this a theoretical bug?
>> Let me rewrite the changelog a little. Look forward any comments.
>> For early sections, its memmap is handled specially even sub-section is
>> enabled. The memmap could only be populated as a whole.
>> Quoted from the comment of section_activate():
>> * The early init code does not consider partially populated
>> * initial sections, it simply assumes that memory will never be
>> * referenced. If we hot-add memory into such a section then we
>> * do not need to populate the memmap and can simply reuse what
>> * is already there.
>> While current section_deactivate() breaks this rule. When hot-remove a
>> sub-section, section_deactivate() would depopulate its memmap. The
>> consequence is if we hot-add this subsection again, its memmap never get
>> proper populated.
>Ok, forgive the latency as re-fetched this logic into my mental cache.
>So what I was remembering was the initial state of the code that
>special cased early sections, and that still seems to be the case in
>pfn_valid(). IIRC early_sections / bootmem are blocked from being
>removed entirely. Partial / subsection removals are ok.

Would you mind giving more words? Partial subsection removal is ok, so no need
to fix this?

Wei Yang
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