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SubjectRe: [PATCH] move_pages.2: not return ENOENT if the page are already on the target nodes

On 12/18/19 2:17 AM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Tue 17-12-19 23:36:09, John Hubbard wrote:
> [...]
>> diff --git a/man2/move_pages.2 b/man2/move_pages.2
>> index 2d96468fa..1bf1053f2 100644
>> --- a/man2/move_pages.2
>> +++ b/man2/move_pages.2
>> @@ -191,12 +191,6 @@ was specified or an attempt was made to migrate pages of a kernel thread.
>> One of the target nodes is not online.
>> .TP
>> -No pages were found that require moving.
>> -All pages are either already
>> -on the target node, not present, had an invalid address or could not be
>> -moved because they were mapped by multiple processes.
>> -.TP
>> The caller specified
>> ...But I'm not sure if we should change the implementation, instead, so
>> that it *can* return ENOENT. That's the main question to resolve before
>> creating any more patches, I think.
> I would start by dropping any note about ENOENT first. I am not really
> sure there is a reasonable usecase for it but maybe somebody comes up
> with something and only then we should consider it.
> Feel free to add
> Acked-by: Michal Hocko <>
> ideally with a kernel commit which removed the ENOENT.

A quick audit doesn't show kernel code or comment notes about ENOENT
wrongly. The status could be set as ENOENT if the page is not present
(follow_page() returns NULL), and man page does match what kernel does.

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