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Date:   Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:06:37 +0200
From:   Michal Hocko <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm/util.c: Add error logs for commitment overflow

On Mon 19-10-20 08:32:34, wrote:
> b) This can be invoked from many places so we are adding the logging at
> wrong layer?
> If so, any other better places which can be explored?


> c) Adding logging at kernel layer is not the right approach to tackle this
> problem ?
> d) Another thing we can do is, update the man page with more detailed
> information about this commitment overflow ?

This is a good thing in general

> e) May be returning ENOMEM (Cannot allocate memory) from VM path is slightly
> misleading for user space folks even though there are enough memory?
> => Either we can introduce ENOVMEM (Cannot create virtual memory mapping)
> => Or, update the documentation with approach to further debug this issue?

No, it is close to impossible to add a new error code for interface that
is used so heavily.

Michal Hocko

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