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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] mm: do not warn on offline nodes unless the specific node is explicitly requested
On 05/23/2018 07:36 PM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Wed 23-05-18 19:15:51, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
>> On 05/23/2018 06:25 PM, Michal Hocko wrote:
>>> when adding memory to a node that is currently offline.
>>> The VM_WARN_ON is just too loud without a good reason. In this
>>> particular case we are doing
>>> alloc_pages_node(node, GFP_KERNEL|__GFP_RETRY_MAYFAIL|__GFP_NOWARN, order)
>>> so we do not insist on allocating from the given node (it is more a
>>> hint) so we can fall back to any other populated node and moreover we
>>> explicitly ask to not warn for the allocation failure.
>>> Soften the warning only to cases when somebody asks for the given node
>>> explicitly by __GFP_THISNODE.
>> node hint passed here eventually goes into __alloc_pages_nodemask()
>> function which then picks up the applicable zonelist irrespective of
>> the GFP flag __GFP_THISNODE.
> __GFP_THISNODE should enforce the given node without any fallbacks
> unless something has changed recently.

Right. I was just saying requiring given preferred node to be online
whose zonelist (hence allocation zone fallback order) is getting picked
up during allocation and warning when that is not online still makes
sense. We should only hide the warning if the allocation request has

>> Though we can go into zones of other
>> nodes if the present node (whose zonelist got picked up) does not
>> have any memory in it's zones. So warning here might not be without
>> any reason.
> I am not sure I follow. Are you suggesting a different VM_WARN_ON?

I am just suggesting this instead.

diff --git a/include/linux/gfp.h b/include/linux/gfp.h
index 036846fc00a6..7f860ea29ec6 100644
--- a/include/linux/gfp.h
+++ b/include/linux/gfp.h
@@ -464,7 +464,7 @@ static inline struct page *
__alloc_pages_node(int nid, gfp_t gfp_mask, unsigned int order)
VM_BUG_ON(nid < 0 || nid >= MAX_NUMNODES);
- VM_WARN_ON(!node_online(nid));
+ VM_WARN_ON(!(gfp_mask & __GFP_NOWARN) && !node_online(nid));

return __alloc_pages(gfp_mask, order, nid);
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