Re: [PATCH] mm: remove worrying dead code from find_get_pages()

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Thu Feb 24 2011 - 07:38:19 EST

On Wed, 2011-02-23 at 21:31 -0800, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> The radix_tree_deref_retry() case in find_get_pages() has a strange
> little excrescence, not seen in the other gang lookups: it looks like
> the start of an abandoned attempt to guarantee forward progress in a
> case that cannot arise.
> ret should always be 0 here: if it isn't, then going back to restart
> will leak references to pages already gotten. There used to be a
> comment saying nr_found is necessarily 1 here: that's not quite true,
> but the radix_tree_deref_retry() case is peculiar to the entry at index
> 0, when we race with it being moved out of the radix_tree root or back.
> Remove the worrisome two lines, add a brief comment here and in
> find_get_pages_contig() and find_get_pages_tag(), and a WARN_ON
> in find_get_pages() should it ever be seen elsewhere than at 0.
> Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <hughd@xxxxxxxxxx>

Acked-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@xxxxxxxxx>

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