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SubjectRe: [PATCH] move_pages.2: not return ENOENT if the page are already on the target nodes
On Fri, 6 Dec 2019, Qian Cai wrote:

> > On Dec 6, 2019, at 12:31 PM, Yang Shi <yang.shi@linux.alibaba.com> wrote:
> >
> > It looks since commit e78bbfa82624 ("mm: stop returning -ENOENT from sys_move_pages() if nothing got migrated") too, which reset err to 0 unconditionally. It seems it is on purpose by that commit the syscall caller should check status for the details according to the commit log.
>
> I don’t read it on purpose. “There is no point in returning -ENOENT from
> sys_move_pages() if all pages were already on the right node”, so this
> is only taking about the pages in the desired node. Anyway, but now it
> is probably the best time to think outside the box redesigning this
> syscalls and nuke this whole mess.

The nature of the beast is that moving pages is not a deterministic
process. The ability to move depends on pages being pinned and locked
by other kernel subsystem. Other system components may also move the page
independently.

If the user calls this system call and wants to move some pages then he
has presumably figured out somehow that pages are misplaced. If no pages
can be moved then the system call did nothing which could indicate that
some other process is interfering with the desire to move pages to certain
nodes.

This could be important to know (maybe the other system components already
moved the page indepently or another user is also migrating pages).
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