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SubjectRe: [RFC] changes to buffer.c (was Test12 ll_rw_block error)

On Thursday, December 28, 2000 16:49:14 +0100 Daniel Phillips <> wrote:

[ dbench 48 test on the anon space mapping patch ]

> This benchmark doesn't seem to suffer a lot from noise, so the 7%
> slowdown with your patch likely real.

Ok, page_launder is supposed to run through the inactive dirty
list twice, and on the second run, it wants to start i/o. But,
if the page is dirty, writepage is called on the first run. With
my patch, this flushes lots more data than it used to.

I have writepage doing all the i/o, and try_to_free_buffers
only waits on it. This diff makes it so writepage is only called
on the second loop through the inactive dirty list, could you
please give it a try (slightly faster in my tests).

Linus and Rik are cc'd in to find out if this is a good idea in


--- linux-test13-pre4/mm/vmscan.c Sat Dec 23 13:14:26 2000
+++ linux/mm/vmscan.c Thu Dec 28 15:02:08 2000
@@ -609,7 +609,7 @@
goto page_active;

/* Can't start IO? Move it to the back of the list */
- if (!can_get_io_locks) {
+ if (!launder_loop || !can_get_io_locks) {
list_add(page_lru, &inactive_dirty_list);
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