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Subject[RFC][PATCH] vm_swap_full
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Hi,

I my opinion, basing the vm_swap_full test on the size of swap is bogus.
If you have a 512M box with 128M of swap its a good idea to always release
aggressively. If the same box has 2G of swap (has /tmp on tmpfs maybe), it
does not make sense to start the agressive release at 1G. I suggest the
following makes more sense.

--- linux/include/linux/swap.h.orig Sun Nov 4 09:30:14 2001
+++ linux/include/linux/swap.h Sun Nov 4 09:32:46 2001
@@ -80,8 +80,8 @@

extern int nr_swap_pages;

-/* Swap 50% full? Release swapcache more aggressively.. */
-#define vm_swap_full() (nr_swap_pages*2 < total_swap_pages)
+/* Free swap less than inactive pages? Release swapcache more aggressively.. */
+#define vm_swap_full() (nr_swap_pages < nr_inactive_pages)

extern unsigned int nr_free_pages(void);
extern unsigned int nr_free_buffer_pages(void);
This starts aggressive swaping when the ammount of space left in swap is
less than the size of the inactive pages.

Comments?
Ed Tomlinson
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