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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] linux-2.6-block: deactivating pagecache for benchmarks
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On Sun, 2005-12-04 at 20:13 -0600, Rob Landley wrote:
> > Add /proc/sys/vm/drop-pagecache. When written to, this will cause the
> > kernel to discard as much pagecache and reclaimable slab objects as it can.
> >
> > It won't drop dirty data, so the user should run `sync' first.
>
> This is deeply, deeply cool.
>
> > Caveats:
> >
> > a) Holds inode_lock for exorbitant amounts of time.
>
> Voluntary preemption point, maybe?

I thin it's a bad idea, that would just encourage people to use this for
anything other than debugging. If you care about latency don't discard
the page cache.

The GNOME people have been asking for this for a while, in order to
improve startup times, they would like a way to simulate a cold start
without rebooting.

Lee

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