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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Fix dirty page accounting in redirty_page_for_writepage()
On Wed, 29 Apr 2009 19:25:46 -0400
Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@polymtl.ca> wrote:

> Basically, the following execution :
>
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/testfile
>
> will slowly fill _all_ ram available without taking into account memory
> pressure.
>
> This is because the dirty page accounting is incorrect in
> redirty_page_for_writepage.
>
> This patch adds missing dirty page accounting in redirty_page_for_writepage().

The patch changes __set_page_dirty_nobuffers(), not
redirty_page_for_writepage().

__set_page_dirty_nobuffers() has a huge number of callers.

> --- linux-2.6-lttng.orig/mm/page-writeback.c 2009-04-29 18:14:48.000000000 -0400
> +++ linux-2.6-lttng/mm/page-writeback.c 2009-04-29 18:23:59.000000000 -0400
> @@ -1237,6 +1237,12 @@ int __set_page_dirty_nobuffers(struct pa
> if (!mapping)
> return 1;
>
> + /*
> + * Take care of setting back page accounting correctly.
> + */
> + inc_zone_page_state(page, NR_FILE_DIRTY);
> + inc_bdi_stat(mapping->backing_dev_info, BDI_RECLAIMABLE);
> +
> spin_lock_irq(&mapping->tree_lock);
> mapping2 = page_mapping(page);
> if (mapping2) { /* Race with truncate? */
>

But __set_page_dirty_nobuffers() calls account_page_dirtied(), which
already does the above two operations. afacit we're now
double-accounting.

Now, it's possible that the accounting goes wrong very occasionally in
the "/* Race with truncate? */" case. If the truncate path clears the
page's dirty bit then it will decrement the dirty-page accounting, but
this code path will fail to perform the increment of the dirty-page
accounting. IOW, once this function has set PG_Dirty, it is committed
to altering some or all of the page-dirty accounting.
But afacit your test case will not trigger the race-with-truncate anyway?

Can you determine at approximately what frequency (pages-per-second)
this accounting leak is occurring in your test?



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