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SuSE 11.3 - man page for move_pages (suse section 2)

MOVE_PAGES(2)			    Linux Programmer's Manual			    MOVE_PAGES(2)

       move_pages - move individual pages of a process to another node

       #include <numaif.h>

       long move_pages(int pid, unsigned long count, void **pages,
		       const int *nodes, int *status, int flags);

       Link with -lnuma.

       move_pages() moves the specified pages of the process pid to the memory nodes specified by
       nodes.  The result of the move is reflected in status.  The flags indicate constraints  on
       the pages to be moved.

       pid  is	the  ID  of the process in which pages are to be moved.  To move pages in another
       process, the caller must be privileged (CAP_SYS_NICE) or the real or effective user ID  of
       the  calling  process  must match the real or saved-set user ID of the target process.  If
       pid is 0, then move_pages() moves pages of the calling process.

       count is the number of pages to move.  It defines the size  of  the  three  arrays  pages,
       nodes, and status.

       pages  is an array of pointers to the pages that should be moved.  These are pointers that
       should be aligned to page boundaries.  Addresses are specified  as  seen  by  the  process
       specified by pid.

       nodes  is an array of integers that specify the desired location for each page.	Each ele-
       ment in the array is a node number.  nodes can also be NULL, in	which  case  move_pages()
       does  not  move	any  pages  but  instead  will	return the node where each page currently
       resides, in the status array.  Obtaining the status of  each  page  may	be  necessary  to
       determine pages that need to be moved.

       status  is  an array of integers that return the status of each page.  The array only con-
       tains valid values if move_pages() did not return an error.

       flags specify what types of pages to move.  MPOL_MF_MOVE means that only pages that are in
       exclusive  use  by  the process are to be moved.  MPOL_MF_MOVE_ALL means that pages shared
       between	multiple  processes  can  also	be  moved.   The  process  must   be   privileged
       (CAP_SYS_NICE) to use MPOL_MF_MOVE_ALL.

Page states in the status array
       The following values can be returned in each element of the status array.

	      Identifies the node on which the page resides.

	      The  page is mapped by multiple processes and can only be moved if MPOL_MF_MOVE_ALL
	      is specified.

       -EBUSY The page is currently busy and cannot be moved.  Try again later.  This occurs if a
	      page  is	undergoing  I/O or another kernel subsystem is holding a reference to the

	      This is a zero page or the memory area is not mapped by the process.

       -EIO   Unable to write back a page.  The page has to be written back in order to  move  it
	      since  the  page is dirty and the file system does not provide a migration function
	      that would allow the move of dirty pages.

	      A dirty page cannot be moved.  The file system does not provide a  migration  func-
	      tion and has no ability to write back pages.

	      The page is not present.

	      Unable to allocate memory on target node.

       On success move_pages() returns zero.  On error, it returns -1, and sets errno to indicate
       the error.

       E2BIG  Too many pages to move.

       EACCES One of the target nodes is not allowed by the current cpuset.

       EFAULT Parameter array could not be accessed.

       EINVAL Flags other than MPOL_MF_MOVE and MPOL_MF_MOVE_ALL was specified or an attempt  was
	      made to migrate pages of a kernel thread.

       ENODEV One of the target nodes is not online.

       ENOENT No  pages were found that require moving.  All pages are either already on the tar-
	      get node, not present, had an invalid address or could not be  moved  because  they
	      were mapped by multiple processes.

       EPERM  The caller specified MPOL_MF_MOVE_ALL without sufficient privileges (CAP_SYS_NICE).
	      Or, the caller attempted to move pages of a process belonging to another	user  but
	      did not have privilege to do so (CAP_SYS_NICE).

       ESRCH  Process does not exist.

       move_pages() first appeared on Linux in version 2.6.18.

       This system call is Linux-specific.

       For information on library support, see numa(7).

       Use get_mempolicy(2) with the MPOL_F_MEMS_ALLOWED flag to obtain the set of nodes that are
       allowed by the current cpuset.  Note that this information is subject  to  change  at  any
       time by manual or automatic reconfiguration of the cpuset.

       Use  of this function may result in pages whose location (node) violates the memory policy
       established for the specified addresses (See mbind(2)) and/or the specified  process  (See
       set_mempolicy(2)).   That  is, memory policy does not constrain the destination nodes used
       by move_pages().

       The <numaif.h> header is not included with glibc, but requires installing libnuma-devel or
       a similar package.

       get_mempolicy(2),  mbind(2),  set_mempolicy(2), numa(3), numa_maps(5), cpuset(7), numa(7),
       migratepages(8), numa_stat(8)

       This page is part of release 3.25 of the Linux man-pages project.  A  description  of  the
       project,   and	information  about  reporting  bugs,  can  be  found  at  http://www.ker-

Linux					    2010-06-11				    MOVE_PAGES(2)

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