From: Mike Rapoport <>

Add comment describing the semantics of pfn_valid() that clarifies that
pfn_valid() only checks for availability of a memory map entry (i.e. struct
page) for a PFN rather than availability of usable memory backing that PFN.

The most "generic" version of pfn_valid() used by the configurations with
SPARSEMEM enabled resides in include/linux/mmzone.h so this is the most
suitable place for documentation about semantics of pfn_valid().

Suggested-by: Anshuman Khandual <>
Signed-off-by: Mike Rapoport <>
 include/linux/mmzone.h | 11 +++++++++++
 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/linux/mmzone.h b/include/linux/mmzone.h
index 47946cec7584..961f0eeefb62 100644
--- a/include/linux/mmzone.h
+++ b/include/linux/mmzone.h
@@ -1410,6 +1410,17 @@ static inline int pfn_section_valid(struct mem_section 
*ms, unsigned long pfn)
+ * pfn_valid - check if there is a valid memory map entry for a PFN
+ * @pfn: the page frame number to check
+ *
+ * Check if there is a valid memory map entry aka struct page for the @pfn.
+ * Note, that availability of the memory map entry does not imply that
+ * there is actual usable memory at that @pfn. The struct page may
+ * represent a hole or an unusable page frame.
+ *
+ * Return: 1 for PFNs that have memory map entries and 0 otherwise
+ */
 static inline int pfn_valid(unsigned long pfn)
        struct mem_section *ms;

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