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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] [mmotm] Add swap slot free callback to block_device_operations
On Tue, 5 Jan 2010, Nitin Gupta wrote:

> This callback is required when RAM based devices are
> used as swap disks. One such device is ramzswap[1] which
> is used as compressed in-memory swap disk. For such
> devices, we need a callback as soon as a swap slot is no
> longer used to allow freeing memory allocated for this
> slot. Without this callback, stale data can quickly
> accumulate in memory defeating the whole purpose of
> such devices.
>
> Another user of this callback will be "preswap" as
> introduced by "Transcendent Memory" patches:
> http://lwn.net/Articles/367286/
> (I intend to integrade preswap with ramzswap).
>
> [1] ramzswap: http://code.google.com/p/compcache/
>
> Signed-off-by: Nitin Gupta <ngupta@vflare.org>

Yes, thanks for your patience in putting this together:
I much prefer this version to all the other ways considered.

(Though you should later add a comment, pointing out that this
callback is with swap_lock and often page table lock also held.)

We know that's unsatisfactory, but it is the nature of swap:
cutting some corners to get the job done without allocating
more memory. Having tried myself to do proper discard at
swap_free time, I know that is hard: and I believe you've
made the right decision to do it in this way for ramzswap.

Acked-by: Hugh Dickins <hugh.dickins@tiscali.co.uk>

> ---
> include/linux/blkdev.h | 1 +
> mm/swapfile.c | 3 +++
> 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/include/linux/blkdev.h b/include/linux/blkdev.h
> index 784a919..14b95a3 100644
> --- a/include/linux/blkdev.h
> +++ b/include/linux/blkdev.h
> @@ -1295,6 +1295,7 @@ struct block_device_operations {
> unsigned long long);
> int (*revalidate_disk) (struct gendisk *);
> int (*getgeo)(struct block_device *, struct hd_geometry *);
> + void (*swap_slot_free_notify) (struct block_device *, unsigned long);
> struct module *owner;
> };
>
> diff --git a/mm/swapfile.c b/mm/swapfile.c
> index 6c0585b..0c373bc 100644
> --- a/mm/swapfile.c
> +++ b/mm/swapfile.c
> @@ -574,6 +574,7 @@ static unsigned char swap_entry_free(struct swap_info_struct *p,
>
> /* free if no reference */
> if (!usage) {
> + struct gendisk *disk = p->bdev->bd_disk;
> if (offset < p->lowest_bit)
> p->lowest_bit = offset;
> if (offset > p->highest_bit)
> @@ -583,6 +584,8 @@ static unsigned char swap_entry_free(struct swap_info_struct *p,
> swap_list.next = p->type;
> nr_swap_pages++;
> p->inuse_pages--;
> + if (disk->fops->swap_slot_free_notify)
> + disk->fops->swap_slot_free_notify(p->bdev, offset);
> }
>
> return usage;
> --
> 1.6.2.5


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