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SubjectRe: 2.4.16 & OOM killer screw up (fwd)
Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
>
>
> [ big snip. Addressed in other email ]
>
> it should be simple, mainline swapouts more, so it's less likely to
> trash away some useful cache.
>
> just try -aa after a:
>
> echo 10 >/proc/sys/vm/vm_mapped_ratio
>
> it should swapout more and better preserve the cache.

-aa swapout balancing seems very good indeed to me.

> > > > In my swapless testing, I burnt HUGE amounts of CPU in flush_tlb_others().
> > > > So we're madly trying to swap pages out and finding that there's no swap
> > > > space. I beleive that when we find there's no swap left we should move
> > > > the page onto the active list so we don't keep rescanning it pointlessly.
> > >
> > > yes, however I think the swap-flood with no swap isn't a very
> > > interesting case to optimize.
> >
> > Running swapless is a valid configuration, and the kernel is doing
>
> I'm not saying it's not valid or non interesting.
>
> It's the mix "I'm running out of memory and I'm swapless" that is the
> case not interesting to optimize.
>
> If you're swapless it means you've enough memory and that you're not
> running out of swap. Otherwise _you_ (not the kernel) are wrong not
> having swap.

um. Spose so.

> ...
>
> > The VM code lacks comments, and nobody except yourself understands
> > what it is supposed to be doing. That's a bug, don't you think?
>
> Lack of documentation is not a bug, period. Also it's not true that I'm
> the only one who understands it. For istance Linus understand it
> completly, I am 100% sure.
>
> Anyways I wrote a dozen of slides on the VM with some graph showing the
> design of the VM if anybody can better learn from a slide than from the
> code.

That's good. Your elevator design slides were very helpful. However
offline documentation tends to go stale. A nice big block comment
maintained by a programmer who cares goes a loooog way.

> I believe the slides are useful to understand the design, but if you
> want to change one line of code slides or not you've to read the code.
> Everybody is complaining about documentation. This is a red-herring.
> There's no documentation that allows you to hack the previous VM code.
> I'd ask how many of the people happy with the previous documentation
> were effectively VM developers. Except for some possible misleading
> comment in the current code that we may have not updated yet, I don't
> think there's been a regression in documentation.
>

Sigh. Just because the current core kernel looks like it was
scrawled in crayon by an infant doesn't mean that everyone has
to eschew literate, mature, competent and maintainable programming
practices.

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