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Markus napsal(a):
>>>>>>> The memory mapped pages won't be dropped in this way.
>>>>>>> "cat /proc/meminfo" will show you the number of mapped pages.
>>>>>> # sync ; echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches ; free -m ;
>>>> cat /proc/meminfo
>>>>>> total used free shared buffers
>>>>>> cached
>>>>>> Mem: 3950 3262 688 0 0
>>>>>> 359
>>>>>> -/+ buffers/cache: 2902 1047
>>>>>> Swap: 5890 1509 4381
>>>>>> MemTotal: 4045500 kB
>>>>>> MemFree: 705180 kB
>>>>>> Buffers: 508 kB
>>>>>> Cached: 367748 kB
>>>>>> SwapCached: 880744 kB
>>>>>> Active: 1555032 kB
>>>>>> Inactive: 1634868 kB
>>>>>> Active(anon): 1527100 kB
>>>>>> Inactive(anon): 1607328 kB
>>>>>> Active(file): 27932 kB
>>>>>> Inactive(file): 27540 kB
>>>>>> Unevictable: 816 kB
>>>>>> Mlocked: 0 kB
>>>>>> SwapTotal: 6032344 kB
>>>>>> SwapFree: 4486496 kB
>>>>>> Dirty: 0 kB
>>>>>> Writeback: 0 kB
>>>>>> AnonPages: 2378112 kB
>>>>>> Mapped: 52196 kB
>>>>>> Slab: 65640 kB
>>>>>> SReclaimable: 46192 kB
>>>>>> SUnreclaim: 19448 kB
>>>>>> PageTables: 28200 kB
>>>>>> NFS_Unstable: 0 kB
>>>>>> Bounce: 0 kB
>>>>>> WritebackTmp: 0 kB
>>>>>> CommitLimit: 8055092 kB
>>>>>> Committed_AS: 4915636 kB
>>>>>> VmallocTotal: 34359738367 kB
>>>>>> VmallocUsed: 44580 kB
>>>>>> VmallocChunk: 34359677239 kB
>>>>>> DirectMap4k: 3182528 kB
>>>>>> DirectMap2M: 1011712 kB
>>>>>>
>>>>>> The cached reduced to 359 MB (after the dropping).
>>>>>> I dont know where to read the "number of mapped pages".
>>>>>> "Mapped" is about 51 MB.
>>>>> Does your tmpfs store lots of files?
>>>> Dont think so:
>>>>
>>>> # df -h
>>>> Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
>>>> /dev/md6 14G 8.2G 5.6G 60% /
>>>> udev 10M 304K 9.8M 3% /dev
>>>> cachedir 4.0M 100K 4.0M 3% /lib64/splash/cache
>>>> /dev/md4 19G 15G 3.1G 83% /home
>>>> /dev/md3 8.3G 4.5G 3.9G 55% /usr/portage
>>>> shm 2.0G 0 2.0G 0% /dev/shm
>>>> /dev/md1 99M 19M 76M 20% /boot
>>>>
>>>> # mount
>>>> /dev/md6 on / type ext3 (rw,noatime,nodiratime,barrier=0)
>>>> /proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,noatime,nodiratime)
>>>> sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec)
>>>> udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,size=10240k,mode=755)
>>>> devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,nosuid,noexec,gid=5,mode=620)
>>>> cachedir on /lib64/splash/cache type tmpfs (rw,size=4096k,mode=644)
>>>> /dev/md4 on /home type ext3 (rw,noatime,nodiratime,barrier=0)
>>>> /dev/md3 on /usr/portage type ext4
> (rw,noatime,nodiratime,barrier=0)
>>>> shm on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
>>>> usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs
>>>> (rw,noexec,nosuid,devmode=0664,devgid=85)
>>>> automount(pid6507) on /mnt/.autofs/misc type autofs
>>>> (rw,fd=4,pgrp=6507,minproto=2,maxproto=4)
>>>> automount(pid6521) on /mnt/.autofs/usb type autofs
>>>> (rw,fd=4,pgrp=6521,minproto=2,maxproto=4)
>>>> /dev/md1 on /boot type ext2 (rw,noatime,nodiratime)
>>>>
>>>> I dont know what exactly all that memory is used for. It varies
> from
>>>> about 300 MB to up to one GB.
>>>> Tell me where to look and I will!
>>> So you don't have lots of mapped pages(Mapped=51M) or tmpfs files.
> It's
>>> strange to me that there are so many undroppable cached
> pages(Cached=359M),
>>> and most of them lie out of the LRU queue(Active+Inactive
> file=53M)...
>>> Anyone have better clues on these 'hidden' pages?
>> Maybe try this:
>>
>> cat /proc/`pidof X`/smaps | grep drm | wc -l
>>
>> you will see some growing numbers.
>>
>> Also check cat /proc/dri/0/gem_objects
>> there should be some number # object bytes - which should be close to
> your
>> missing cached pages.
>>
>>
>> If you are using Intel GEM driver - there is some unlimited caching
> issue
>> see: http://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=20404
>>
> # cat /proc/`pidof X`/smaps | grep drm | wc -l
> 0
> # cat /proc/dri/0/gem_objects
> cat: /proc/dri/0/gem_objects: No such file or directory
>
> I use Xorg 1.3 with an nvidia gpu. Dont know if I use a "Intel GEM
> driver".
>


Are you using binary driver from NVidia ??
Maybe you should ask authors of this binary blob ?

Could you try to use for a while Vesa driver to see, if you are able to get
same strange results ?

Zdenek


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