[PATCH v5 14/14] memory-hotplug: free node_data when a node is offlined

Kamezawa Hiroyuki kamezawa.hiroyu at jp.fujitsu.com
Mon Jan 7 16:30:37 EST 2013

(2012/12/30 15:02), Wen Congyang wrote:
> At 12/28/2012 08:28 AM, Kamezawa Hiroyuki Wrote:
>> (2012/12/27 21:16), Wen Congyang wrote:
>>> At 12/26/2012 11:55 AM, Kamezawa Hiroyuki Wrote:
>>>> (2012/12/24 21:09), Tang Chen wrote:
>>>>> From: Wen Congyang <wency at cn.fujitsu.com>
>>>>> We call hotadd_new_pgdat() to allocate memory to store node_data. So we
>>>>> should free it when removing a node.
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Wen Congyang <wency at cn.fujitsu.com>
>>>> I'm sorry but is it safe to remove pgdat ? All zone cache and zonelists are
>>>> properly cleared/rebuilded in synchronous way ? and No threads are visinting
>>>> zone in vmscan.c ?
>>> We have rebuilt zonelists when a zone has no memory after offlining some pages.
>> How do you guarantee that the address of pgdat/zone is not on stack of any kernel
>> threads or other kernel objects without reference counting or other syncing method ?
> No way to guarentee this. But, the kernel should not use the address of pgdat/zone when
> it is offlined.
> Hmm, what about this: reuse the memory when the node is onlined again?

That's the only way which we can go now. Please don't free it.


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