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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] mm: do not warn on offline nodes unless the specific node is explicitly requested
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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. 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. But yes, if the request has __GFP_NOWARN it makes sense
not to print any warning.

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