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SubjectRe: 2.4.19pre1aa1
On Tue, 5 Mar 2002, Stephan von Krawczynski wrote:

> On Mon, 4 Mar 2002 15:03:19 -0800 (PST)
> Samuel Ortiz <> wrote:
> > On Mon, 4 Mar 2002, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> > > yes, also make sure to keep this patch from SGI applied, it's very
> > > important to avoid memory balancing if there's still free memory in the
> > > other zones:
> > >
> > >
> > This patch is included (in a slightly different form) in the 2.4.17
> > discontig patch (
> > But martin may need another patch to apply. With the current
> > implementation of __alloc_pages, we have 2 problems :
> > 1) A node is not emptied before moving to the following node
> > 2) If none of the zones on a node have more freepages than min(defined as
> > min+= z->pages_low), we start looking on the following node, instead of
> > trying harder on the same node.
> Forgive my ignorance, but aren't these two problems completely identical in a
> UP or even SMP setup? I mean what is the negative drawback in your proposed
> solution, if there simply is no other node? If it is not harmful to the
> "standard" setups it may as well be included in the mainline, or not?
You're right. It is harmful to the standard UMA boxes. However, the
current __alloc_pages does just what it is supposed to do on those boxes.
That's why very few people have been bothered by this bug. I was just
waiting for Andrea or Rik's feedback before trying to push it to Marcelo.
Maybe they'll find some time to review the patch soon...


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