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Date:   Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:08:48 -0400
From:   Jeff Moyer <>
To:     "Aneesh Kumar K.V" <>
Cc:     Dan Williams <>,
        Oscar Salvador <>, Qian Cai <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Linux MM <>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
        linux-nvdimm <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH -next] mm/hotplug: skip bad PFNs from pfn_to_online_page()

"Aneesh Kumar K.V" <> writes:

> On 6/14/19 10:06 PM, Dan Williams wrote:
>> On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 9:26 AM Aneesh Kumar K.V
>> <> wrote:
>>> Why not let the arch
>>> arch decide the SUBSECTION_SHIFT and default to one subsection per
>>> section if arch is not enabled to work with subsection.
>> Because that keeps the implementation from ever reaching a point where
>> a namespace might be able to be moved from one arch to another. If we
>> can squash these arch differences then we can have a common tool to
>> initialize namespaces outside of the kernel. The one wrinkle is
>> device-dax that wants to enforce the mapping size,
> The fsdax have a much bigger issue right? The file system block size
> is the same as PAGE_SIZE and we can't make it portable across archs
> that support different PAGE_SIZE?

File system blocks are not tied to page size.  They can't be *bigger*
than the page size currently, but they can be smaller.

Still, I don't see that as an arugment against trying to make the
namespaces work across architectures.  Consider a user who only has
sector mode namespaces.  We'd like that to work if at all possible.


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