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SubjectRe: __GFP_IO && shrink_[d|i]cache_memory()?
Hi,

On Sun, Sep 24, 2000 at 08:40:05PM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> On Sun, 24 Sep 2000, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>
> > [...] I don't think shrinking the inode cache is actually illegal when
> > GPF_IO isn't set. In fact, it's probably only the buffer cache itself
> > that has to avoid recursion - the other stuff doesn't actually do any
> > IO.
>
> i just found this out by example, i'm running the shrink_[i|d]cache stuff
> even if __GFP_IO is not set, and no problems so far. (and much better
> balancing behavior)

Careful --- I found out to my cost that there are hidden recursions
here. ext3 was bitten once by the fact that shrink_icache does a
quota drop, and that involves quota writeback if it was the last inode
on that particular quota struct.

shrinking the icache _usually_ involves no IO, but the quota case is
an exception which a lot of developers won't encounter during testing.

Cheers,
Stephen
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