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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] move slab pages to the lru, for 2.5.27

On Wed, 24 Jul 2002, Ed Tomlinson wrote:

> This patch fixes the SMP problems for Steve.

Good sleuthing! Glad to hear this seems to solve the bizarre SMP
out-of-memory problems. However, you should know that there *might* still
be demons lurking about.

I still have problems with 2.5.27-rmap-slablru with CONFIG_SMP booting on
a UP laptop, when 2.5.27-rmap (the big rmap patch) works fine in SMP mode.
I have spinlock debugging turned on and get oopses with modprobe trying to
load the rtc module. It fails this test in include/asm/spinlock.h:

#ifdef CONFIG_DEBUG_SPINLOCK
if (lock->magic != SPINLOCK_MAGIC)
BUG();

Modprobe also traps itself in infinite loops trying to load unix.o for
net-pf-1. Eeeks. I'll test on other UP boxes in SMP mode and see if I
can trigger anything.


For now, I've applied Ed's patch and tested that it doesn't cause any
problems for UP behavior, so I added it to the patch queue against 2.5.27
and is included in the rmap patches for 2.5.28, which you can download:

http://loke.as.arizona.edu/~ckulesa/kernel/rmap-vm/2.5.28/

The only new change for 2.5.28 is fixing software suspend to work
with the full rmap patch. I tested swsusp with 2.5.28-rmap-slablru, and
it's very cool. :)

Although I suspect SMP folks will have their hands busy with *other*
things in 2.5.28, (!!) more SMP feedback regarding slab-on-LRU would be
most helpful!

Thanks,
Craig Kulesa

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