From: Michal Hocko
Date: Thu Mar 09 2017 - 04:16:42 EST

On Wed 08-03-17 07:06:59, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 07, 2017 at 04:48:42PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxx>
> >
> > KM_MAYFAIL didn't have any suitable GFP_FOO counterpart until recently
> > so it relied on the default page allocator behavior for the given set
> > of flags. This means that small allocations actually never failed.
> >
> > Now that we have __GFP_RETRY_MAYFAIL flag which works independently on the
> > allocation request size we can map KM_MAYFAIL to it. The allocator will
> > try as hard as it can to fulfill the request but fails eventually if
> > the progress cannot be made.
> I don't think we really need this - KM_MAYFAIL is basically just
> a flag to not require the retry loop around kmalloc for those places
> in XFS that can deal with allocation failures. But if the default
> behavior is to not fail we'll happily take that.

Does that mean that you are happy to go OOM and trigger the OOM killer
even when you know that the failure can be handled gracefully?

Michal Hocko