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    SubjectRe: Linux-2.2.0 bad VM behaviour "dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hdc bs=256k"


    On Wed, 27 Jan 1999, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
    > only:
    >
    > 1. get the buffer uptodate
    > 2. write to the buffer the new data in the right place
    > 3. mark the buffer dirty and uptodate
    > 4. release the buffer
    >
    > but we don't start I/O at all, so in a msec we'll be in a state with
    > 128mbyte full of dirty and so not freeable buffers.

    This is one of my peeves - we should really start the IO once we've filled
    up "X nr" of full buffers. But I've always been too lazy to do it.

    I don't think doing it in the write routine like your patch does it is the
    right way of doing it, though: it should probably be done by
    mark_buffer_dirty().

    In fact we _do_ have support for it there already (in "refile_buffer()" to
    be exact, and we have this "too_many dirty blocks - wake up bdflush"
    thing, but it should be more aggressive I think.

    Linus


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