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[Xen-devel] Re: [PATCH 1/4] mm: Remove dependency on CONFIG_FLATMEM from online_page()

On Mon, May 02, 2011 at 02:25:04PM -0700, Dave Hansen wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-05-02 at 23:19 +0200, Daniel Kiper wrote:
> > Memory hotplug code strictly depends on CONFIG_SPARSEMEM.
> > It means that code depending on CONFIG_FLATMEM in online_page()
> > is never compiled. Remove it because it is not needed anymore.
> It's subtle, but I don't think that's true.  We had another hotplug mode
> for x86_64 before folks were comfortable turning SPARSEMEM on for the
> whole architecture.  It was quite possible to have memory hotplug
> without sparsemem in that case.  I think Keith Mannthey did some of that
> code if I remember right.
> But, I'm not sure how much of that stayed in distros versus made it
> upstream.  In any case, you might want to chase down the
> X86_64_ACPI_NUMA bit to make sure it can't be used with FLATMEM ever.
>         bool "Allow for memory hot-add"
>         depends on SPARSEMEM || X86_64_ACPI_NUMA
>         depends on (IA64 || X86 || PPC_BOOK3S_64 || SUPERH || S390)

IIRC some time ago it was possible to enable memory hotplug with
CONFIG_FLATMEM. That is why I looked for any dependencies of memory
hoplug code on CONFIG_FLATMEM in current Linux Kernel source. I could
not find anything and that is why I published this patch. However,
maybe I missed something.


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