Re: [PATCH] mm: migrate: fix an incorrect call of prep_transhuge_page()

From: Michal Hocko
Date: Wed Nov 22 2017 - 05:30:26 EST

On Wed 22-11-17 10:35:10, Michal Hocko wrote:
> Moreover I am not really sure this is really working properly. Just look
> at the split_huge_page. It moves all the tail pages to the LRU list
> while migrate_pages has a list of pages to migrate. So we will migrate
> the head page and all the rest will get back to the LRU list. What
> guarantees that they will get migrated as well.

OK, so this is as I've expected. It doesn't work! Some pfn walker based
migration will just skip tail pages see madvise_inject_error.
__alloc_contig_migrate_range will simply fail on THP page see
isolate_migratepages_block so we even do not try to migrate it.
do_move_page_to_node_array will simply migrate head and do not care
about tail pages. do_mbind splits the page and then fall back to pte
walk when thp migration is not supported but it doesn't handle tail
pages if the THP migration path is not able to allocate a fresh THP
AFAICS. Memory hotplug should be safe because it doesn't skip the whole
THP when doing pfn walk.

Unless I am missing something here this looks like a huge mess to me.
Michal Hocko