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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/4] mm, memory_hotplug: provide a more generic restrictions for memory hotplug
[Cc Alexander - email thread starts]

On Fri 16-11-18 11:12:20, Oscar Salvador wrote:
> From: Michal Hocko <>
> arch_add_memory, __add_pages take a want_memblock which controls whether
> the newly added memory should get the sysfs memblock user API (e.g.
> ZONE_DEVICE users do not want/need this interface). Some callers even
> want to control where do we allocate the memmap from by configuring
> altmap. This is currently done quite ugly by searching for altmap down
> in memory hotplug (to_vmem_altmap). It should be the caller to provide
> the altmap down the call chain.
> Add a more generic hotplug context for arch_add_memory and __add_pages.
> struct mhp_restrictions contains flags which contains additional
> features to be enabled by the memory hotplug (MHP_MEMBLOCK_API
> currently) and altmap for alternative memmap allocator.

One note here as well. In the retrospect the API I have come up
with here is quite hackish. Considering the recent discussion about
special needs ZONE_DEVICE has for both initialization and struct page
allocations with Alexander Duyck I believe we wanted a more abstracted
API with allocator and constructor callbacks. This would allow different
usecases to fine tune their needs without specialcasing deep in the core
hotplug code paths.
Michal Hocko

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