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Date:   Wed, 25 Aug 2021 13:15:20 +0200
From:   Vlastimil Babka <>
To:     Alex Sierra <>,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v1 02/14] mm: remove extra ZONE_DEVICE struct page

On 8/25/21 05:48, Alex Sierra wrote:
> From: Ralph Campbell <>
> ZONE_DEVICE struct pages have an extra reference count that complicates the
> code for put_page() and several places in the kernel that need to check the
> reference count to see that a page is not being used (gup, compaction,
> migration, etc.). Clean up the code so the reference count doesn't need to
> be treated specially for ZONE_DEVICE.

That's certainly welcome. I just wonder what was the reason to use 1 in the
first place and why it's no longer necessary?

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