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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] fadvise: move active pages to inactive list with POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED
On 06/22/2011 05:51 PM, Andrea Righi wrote:
> There were some reported problems in the past about trashing page cache
> when a backup software (i.e., rsync) touches a huge amount of pages (see
> for example [1]).
> This problem has been almost fixed by the Minchan Kim's patch [2] and a
> proper use of fadvise() in the backup software. For example this patch
> set [3] has been proposed for inclusion in rsync.
> However, there can be still other similar trashing problems: when the
> backup software reads all the source files, some of them may be part of
> the actual working set of the system. When a
> posix_fadvise(POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED) is performed _all_ pages are evicted
> from pagecache, both the working set and the use-once pages touched only
> by the backup software.
> With the following solution when posix_fadvise(POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED) is
> called for an active page instead of removing it from the page cache it
> is added to the tail of the inactive list. Otherwise, if it's already in
> the inactive list the page is removed from the page cache.

> Signed-off-by: Andrea Righi<>

Acked-by: Rik van Riel <>

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