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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm] vmscan: bail out of page reclaim after swap_cluster_max pages
On Thu, 13 Nov 2008 17:12:08 -0500 Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> wrote:

> Sometimes the VM spends the first few priority rounds rotating back
> referenced pages and submitting IO. Once we get to a lower priority,
> sometimes the VM ends up freeing way too many pages.
>
> The fix is relatively simple: in shrink_zone() we can check how many
> pages we have already freed and break out of the loop.
>
> However, in order to do this we do need to know how many pages we already
> freed, so move nr_reclaimed into scan_control.

There was a reason for not doing this, but I forget what it was. It might require
some changelog archeology. iirc it was to do with balancing scanning rates
between the various things which we scan.


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