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SubjectRe: [patch] vmfixes-2.4.0-test9-B2

On Mon, 25 Sep 2000, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

<snip>

> kmem_cache_reap shrinks the slabs at _very_ low frequency. It's worthless to
> keep lots of dentries and icache into the slab internal queues until
> kmem_cache_reap kicks in again, if we free them such memory immediatly instead
> we'll run kmem_cache_reap later and for something more appropraite for what's
> been designed. The [id]cache shrink could release lots of memory.

I see.

Since we have code which is using GFP_BUFFER allocations to not block but
only shrink the cache (1), I've done a patch to:

- Change kmem_cache_shrink to return the number of freed pages.

- Move __GFP_IO checking from do_try_to_free_pages/refill_inactive to
{i,d}cache shrink functions (Linus already did this in his tree)
- On the {i,d}cache shrink functions, return the value of
kmem_cache_shrink() (no need of __GFP_IO for that)

There was a comment on the shrink functions about making
kmem_cache_shrink() work on a GFP_DMA/GFP_HIGHMEM basis to free only the
wanted pages by the current allocation.

GFP_DMA allocations will never reach this code (do_try_to_free_pages is
only called if __GFP_WAIT is set) and GFP_HIGHMEM pages will never be used
as SLAB obj's memory. (please correct me if I'm wrong)


Comments?


(1) Using GPF_BUFFER is wrong, but its a separate issue.
diff --exclude-from=exclude -Nur linux.orig/fs/dcache.c linux/fs/dcache.c
--- linux.orig/fs/dcache.c Sun Sep 24 18:14:24 2000
+++ linux/fs/dcache.c Sun Sep 24 22:49:16 2000
@@ -556,15 +556,11 @@
int count = 0;
if (priority)
count = dentry_stat.nr_unused / priority;
- prune_dcache(count);
- /* FIXME: kmem_cache_shrink here should tell us
- the number of pages freed, and it should
- work in a __GFP_DMA/__GFP_HIGHMEM behaviour
- to free only the interesting pages in
- function of the needs of the current allocation. */
- kmem_cache_shrink(dentry_cache);

- return 0;
+ if(gfp_mask & __GFP_IO)
+ prune_dcache(count);
+
+ return kmem_cache_shrink(dentry_cache);
}

#define NAME_ALLOC_LEN(len) ((len+16) & ~15)
diff --exclude-from=exclude -Nur linux.orig/fs/inode.c linux/fs/inode.c
--- linux.orig/fs/inode.c Sun Sep 24 18:14:25 2000
+++ linux/fs/inode.c Sun Sep 24 22:47:30 2000
@@ -460,15 +460,11 @@

if (priority)
count = inodes_stat.nr_unused / priority;
- prune_icache(count);
- /* FIXME: kmem_cache_shrink here should tell us
- the number of pages freed, and it should
- work in a __GFP_DMA/__GFP_HIGHMEM behaviour
- to free only the interesting pages in
- function of the needs of the current allocation. */
- kmem_cache_shrink(inode_cachep);

- return 0;
+ if(gfp_mask & __GFP_IO)
+ prune_icache(count);
+
+ return kmem_cache_shrink(inode_cachep);
}

/*
diff --exclude-from=exclude -Nur linux.orig/mm/slab.c linux/mm/slab.c
--- linux.orig/mm/slab.c Sun Sep 24 18:14:04 2000
+++ linux/mm/slab.c Sun Sep 24 22:46:11 2000
@@ -887,7 +887,7 @@
static int __kmem_cache_shrink(kmem_cache_t *cachep)
{
slab_t *slabp;
- int ret;
+ int ret, freed = 0;

drain_cpu_caches(cachep);

@@ -912,8 +912,11 @@
spin_unlock_irq(&cachep->spinlock);
kmem_slab_destroy(cachep, slabp);
spin_lock_irq(&cachep->spinlock);
+
+ freed++;
}
- ret = !list_empty(&cachep->slabs);
+
+ ret = ((1 << cachep->gfporder) * freed);
spin_unlock_irq(&cachep->spinlock);
return ret;
}
@@ -923,7 +926,8 @@
* @cachep: The cache to shrink.
*
* Releases as many slabs as possible for a cache.
- * To help debugging, a zero exit status indicates all slabs were released.
+ *
+ * Returns the amount of freed pages.
*/
int kmem_cache_shrink(kmem_cache_t *cachep)
{
@@ -962,7 +966,9 @@
list_del(&cachep->next);
up(&cache_chain_sem);

- if (__kmem_cache_shrink(cachep)) {
+ __kmem_cache_shrink(cachep);
+
+ if (!list_empty(&cachep->slabs)) {
printk(KERN_ERR "kmem_cache_destroy: Can't free all objects %p\n",
cachep);
down(&cache_chain_sem);
diff --exclude-from=exclude -Nur linux.orig/mm/vmscan.c linux/mm/vmscan.c
--- linux.orig/mm/vmscan.c Sun Sep 24 18:14:04 2000
+++ linux/mm/vmscan.c Sun Sep 24 23:09:01 2000
@@ -904,14 +904,16 @@
}

/* Try to get rid of some shared memory pages.. */
- if (gfp_mask & __GFP_IO) {
- /*
- * don't be too light against the d/i cache since
- * shrink_mmap() almost never fail when there's
- * really plenty of memory free.
- */
- count -= shrink_dcache_memory(priority, gfp_mask);
- count -= shrink_icache_memory(priority, gfp_mask);
+
+ /*
+ * don't be too light against the d/i cache since
+ * shrink_mmap() almost never fail when there's
+ * really plenty of memory free.
+ */
+ count -= shrink_dcache_memory(priority, gfp_mask);
+ count -= shrink_icache_memory(priority, gfp_mask);
+
+ if(gfp_mask & __GFP_IO) {
/*
* Not currently working, see fixme in shrink_?cache_memory
* In the inner funtions there is a comment:
@@ -992,10 +994,8 @@
* the inode and dentry cache whenever we do this.
*/
if (free_shortage() || inactive_shortage()) {
- if (gfp_mask & __GFP_IO) {
- ret += shrink_dcache_memory(6, gfp_mask);
- ret += shrink_icache_memory(6, gfp_mask);
- }
+ ret += shrink_dcache_memory(6, gfp_mask);
+ ret += shrink_icache_memory(6, gfp_mask);

ret += refill_inactive(gfp_mask, user);
} else {
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