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SubjectRe: small patch for 2.4.9 VM
On Thu, 23 Aug 2001 07:21:04 -0400
Marc Heckmann <heckmann@hbesoftware.com> wrote:

> [not on list, please CC me]
>
> Hi,
>
> I've been tracking the vm changes in the 2.4.9-pre series. I was seeing
> really good improvements with 2.4.9-pre3 but then in pre4 it went to shit
> on my box (192mb, 200mb swap). The page cache was huge at all times and
> went pretty deep into swap on light loads. staring at the diff between
> pre3 and pre4, I noticed that background page aging in kswapd has changed
> [see do_try_free_pages], instead of just doing refill_inactive_scan(), it
> now does swap_out() first, then refill_inactive. Somehow, this seems to
> prevent proper page aging or something [please correct me if i'm wrong,
> haven't had the time to stare at swap_out() yet]. Anyway the short patch
> below, makes it behave like pre3 which is quite good for me. This might
> also be the cause of other peoples mm problems with 2.4.9 final.

Sorry it isn't. I tested it and it has exactly the same problem under 2.4.9 with this patch than the straight kernel. Interestingly the error message from alloc_pages does not come up, but NFS-copy fails anyway when all the physical mem is eaten up by caches.
meminfo in failing state:
total: used: free: shared: buffers: cached:
Mem: 921726976 918994944 2732032 0 6815744 823762944
Swap: 271392768 0 271392768
MemTotal: 900124 kB
MemFree: 2668 kB
MemShared: 0 kB
Buffers: 6656 kB
Cached: 804456 kB
SwapCached: 0 kB
Active: 276020 kB
Inact_dirty: 528988 kB
Inact_clean: 6104 kB
Inact_target: 6628 kB
HighTotal: 0 kB
HighFree: 0 kB
LowTotal: 900124 kB
LowFree: 2668 kB
SwapTotal: 265032 kB
SwapFree: 265032 kB

Good about it: it does not swap. Bad: it does not work either.
Forget this patch.

Regards,
Stephan

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