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SubjectRe: vm rewrite ready [Re: broken VM in 2.4.10-pre9]
On Tue, 18 Sep 2001 00:41:16 +0200 Andrea Arcangeli <> wrote:

> [ CC'ed to l-k with Stephan approval ]
> > - cpu average load is low, during whole test sometimes even below 3
> > (never saw
> > this before)
> Good.
> I also had another report with very vfs intensive operation going on and
> I suspect this patch will be a good idea (even if it can lead to the
> usual excessive grow of the vfs caches on the long run but the current
> way is probably too aggressive).

Hm, are you sure about this? Here is /proc/meminfo after a night of heavy nfs
action (we are at the server side):

total: used: free: shared: buffers: cached:
Mem: 923574272 919187456 4386816 0 39723008 793706496
Swap: 271392768 1417216 269975552
MemTotal: 901928 kB
MemFree: 4284 kB
MemShared: 0 kB
Buffers: 38792 kB
Cached: 775052 kB
SwapCached: 52 kB
Active: 811464 kB
Inactive: 2432 kB
HighTotal: 0 kB
HighFree: 0 kB
LowTotal: 901928 kB
LowFree: 4284 kB
SwapTotal: 265032 kB
SwapFree: 263648 kB

You see most mem found its way in the active queue. If you talk about
"aggressive" meaning aggressively aged or even freed, I cannot see it.
I will go on for another day without additional patching and see how things
evolve and how the system behaves in interactive situation.

Ah, another thing to mention. I got some _new_ alloc failures:

Sep 18 04:16:49 admin kernel: nfsd __alloc_pages: 1-order allocation failed
(gfp=0x20/0) from c012de72
Sep 18 04:17:27 admin kernel: nfsd __alloc_pages: 0-order allocation failed
(gfp=0x1d2/0) from c012de72
Sep 18 04:21:18 admin kernel: gzip __alloc_pages: 0-order allocation failed
(gfp=0x1d2/0) from c012de72

c012de5c T _alloc_pages
c012de74 t balance_classzone

Hope this helps,

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