Re: [RFC PATCH 2/3] mm/memory_hotplug: Create __shrink_pages and move it to offline_pages

From: Oscar Salvador
Date: Wed Aug 08 2018 - 17:28:23 EST

On Wed, Aug 08, 2018 at 12:58:15PM -0400, Jerome Glisse wrote:
> > If the former then I do not see any reason why we couldn't simply
> > refactor the code to expect a failure and drop the warning in that path.
> Referring to newer case ie calling release_mem_region_adjustable() for
> ZONE_DEVICE too. It seems i got my recollection wrong in the sense that
> the resource is properly register as MEM but still we do not want to
> release it because the device driver might still be using the resource
> without struct page. The lifetime of the resource as memory with struct
> page and the lifetime of the resource as something use by the device
> driver are not tie together. The latter can outlive the former.
> So when we hotremove ZONE_DEVICE we do not want to release the resource
> yet just to be on safe side and avoid some other driver/kernel component
> to decide to use that resource.

I checked the function that hot-removes the memory in HMM code.
hmm_devmem_pages_remove(), which gets called via hmm_devmem_remove(), is in charge
of hot-removing the memory.

Then, hmm_devmem_remove() will release the resource only if the resource is not of

So I guess that there are cases(at least in HMM) where we release the resource when
hot-removing memory, but not always.

Looking at devm code, I could not see any place where we release the resource
when hot-removing memory.

So, if we are really left with such scenario, maybe the easiest way is to pass a parameter
from those paths to arch_remove_memory()->__remove_pages() to know
if we get called from device_functions, and so skip the call to release_mem_region_adjustable.

Oscar Salvador