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Date:   Fri, 18 Dec 2020 10:43:24 +0100
From:   Michal Hocko <mhocko@...e.com>
To:     Pavel Tatashin <pasha.tatashin@...een.com>
Cc:     linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-mm@...ck.org,
        akpm@...ux-foundation.org, vbabka@...e.cz, david@...hat.com,
        osalvador@...e.de, dan.j.williams@...el.com, sashal@...nel.org,
        tyhicks@...ux.microsoft.com, iamjoonsoo.kim@....com,
        mike.kravetz@...cle.com, rostedt@...dmis.org, mingo@...hat.com,
        jgg@...pe.ca, peterz@...radead.org, mgorman@...e.de,
        willy@...radead.org, rientjes@...gle.com, jhubbard@...dia.com,
        linux-doc@...r.kernel.org, ira.weiny@...el.com,
        linux-kselftest@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 05/10] mm/gup: migrate pinned pages out of movable zone

On Thu 17-12-20 13:52:38, Pavel Tatashin wrote:
> +	 * 1. Pinned pages: (long-term) pinning of movable pages is avoided
> +	 *    when pages are pinned and faulted, but it is still possible that
> +	 *    address space already has pages in ZONE_MOVABLE at the time when
> +	 *    pages are pinned (i.e. user has touches that memory before
> +	 *    pinning). In such case we try to migrate them to a different zone,
> +	 *    but if migration fails the pages can still end-up pinned in
> +	 *    ZONE_MOVABLE. In such case, memory offlining might retry a long
> +	 *    time and will only succeed once user application unpins pages.

I still dislike this. Pinning can fail so there shouldn't be any reasons
to break MOVABLE constrain for something that can be handled. If
anything there should be a very good reasoning behind this decision
documented.
-- 
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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