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SubjectRe: [patch 0/5] refault distance-based file cache sizing
On 05/01/2012 03:08 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 1 May 2012 10:41:48 +0200
> Johannes Weiner<hannes@cmpxchg.org> wrote:
>
>> This series stores file cache eviction information in the vacated page
>> cache radix tree slots and uses it on refault to see if the pages
>> currently on the active list need to have their status challenged.
>
> So we no longer free the radix-tree node when everything under it has
> been reclaimed? One could create workloads which would result in a
> tremendous amount of memory used by radix_tree_node_cachep objects.
>
> So I assume these things get thrown away at some point. Some
> discussion about the life-cycle here would be useful.

I assume that in the current codebase Johannes has, we would
have to rely on the inode cache shrinker to reclaim the inode
and throw out the radix tree nodes.

Having a better way to deal with radix tree nodes that contain
stale entries (where the evicted pages would no longer receive
special treatment on re-fault, because it has been so long) get
reclaimed would be nice for a future version.

Probably not too urgent, though...

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