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SubjectRe: broken VM in 2.4.10-pre9
On Sun, 16 Sep 2001, Phillip Susi wrote:

> Maybe I'm missing something here, but it seems to me that these
> problems are due to the cache putting pressure on VM, so process pages
> get swapped out. The obvious solution to this is to limit the size of
> the cache, or implement some sort of algorithm to slow its growth and
> reduce the pressure on VM.

> Am I way off base here?

You're absolutely right and it's only a tiny patch to
implement this thing. I've attached a completely
untested (I haven't even compiled this thing) patch
which implements this thing. I suspect it'll apply to
any recent -ac kernel, porting it to -linus should be
easy.

regards,

Rik
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--- mm/vmscan.c.orig Sun Sep 16 16:44:14 2001
+++ mm/vmscan.c Sun Sep 16 16:49:09 2001
@@ -731,6 +731,8 @@
*/
#define too_many_buffers (atomic_read(&buffermem_pages) > \
(num_physpages * buffer_mem.borrow_percent / 100))
+#define too_much_cache (page_cache_size - swapper_space.nrpages) > \
+ (num_physpages * page_cache.borrow_percent / 100))
int refill_inactive_scan(unsigned int priority)
{
struct list_head * page_lru;
@@ -793,6 +795,18 @@
* be reclaimed there...
*/
if (page->buffers && !page->mapping && too_many_buffers) {
+ deactivate_page_nolock(page);
+ page_active = 0;
+ }
+
+ /*
+ * If the page cache is too large, move the page
+ * to the inactive list. If it is really accessed
+ * it'll be referenced before it reaches the point
+ * where we'll reclaim it.
+ */
+ if (page->mapping && too_much_cache && page_count(page) <=
+ (page->buffers ? 2 : 1)) {
deactivate_page_nolock(page);
page_active = 0;
}
--- mm/swap.c.orig Sun Sep 16 16:50:43 2001
+++ mm/swap.c Sun Sep 16 16:50:58 2001
@@ -64,7 +64,7 @@

buffer_mem_t page_cache = {
2, /* minimum percent page cache */
- 15, /* borrow percent page cache */
+ 60, /* borrow percent page cache */
75 /* maximum */
};

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