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SubjectRe: Linux 2.2.18pre25
On Thu, Dec 07, 2000 at 08:03:00PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> Ok we believe the VM crash looping printing error messages is now fixed.

Such bug can't generate crashes. Did you ever reproduced crashes on your 8Mb
486 with 2.2.18pre24?

> Marcelo finally figured it out and my 8Mb 486 has been running 2.2.18pre
> with that fix and stably[1].

diff -urN 2.2.18pre24/mm/filemap.c 2.2.18pre25/mm/filemap.c
--- 2.2.18pre24/mm/filemap.c Wed Nov 29 19:28:29 2000
+++ 2.2.18pre25/mm/filemap.c Fri Dec 8 00:41:45 2000
@@ -220,8 +220,10 @@
* throttling.
*/

- if (!try_to_free_buffers(page, wait))
+ if (!try_to_free_buffers(page, wait)) {
+ if(--count < 0) break;
goto refresh_clock;
+ }
return 1;
}

ftp://ftp.us.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/andrea/kernels/v2.2/2.2.18pre24aa1/00_account-failed-buffer-tries-1
--- 2.2.17pre19/mm/filemap.c Tue Aug 22 14:54:13 2000
+++ /tmp/filemap.c Thu Aug 24 01:05:50 2000
@@ -179,6 +179,8 @@
if ((gfp_mask & __GFP_DMA) && !PageDMA(page))
continue;

+ count--;
+
/*
* Is it a page swap page? If so, we want to
* drop it if it is no longer used, even if it
@@ -224,7 +226,7 @@
return 1;
}

- } while (--count > 0);
+ } while (count > 0);
return 0;
}

lftp> pwd
ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/andrea/patches/v2.2/2.2.17pre19
^^^^^^^^^^^
lftp> ls -l account-failed-buffer-tries-1
-rw-r--r-- 1 korg korg 407 Sep 5 22:43 account-failed-buffer-tries-1
^^^^^^
lftp>
Only difference is that pre25 keeps decreasing `count' for locked, mapped and
out-of-zone pages and that means it will still fail to shrink the cache when it
looks at the unlucky part of the physical memory while the
account-failed-buffer-tries-1 intentionally doesn't decrease `count' in that
cases to avoid failing in such unlucky cases.

account-failed-buffer-tries-1 is included in VM-global-7 and it was
described in the 2.2.18pre21aa2 email to l-k (CC'ed you) in date Fri, 17 Nov
2000 18:54:43 +0100:

[..]
00_account-failed-buffer-tries-1

Account also the failed buffer tries during shrink_mmap. (me)
(this is included in the VM-global that I maintain against vanilla
2.2.x btw)
[..]

Andrea
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