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SubjectRe: MM patches against 2.5.31
Ed Tomlinson wrote:
>
> This seems to have been missed:

Still thinking about it.

> Linus Torvalds wrote:
>
> > In article <3D6989F7.9ED1948A@zip.com.au>,
> > Andrew Morton <akpm@zip.com.au> wrote:
> >>
> >>What I'm inclined to do there is to change __page_cache_release()
> >>to not attempt to free the page at all. Just let it sit on the
> >>LRU until page reclaim encounters it. With the anon-free-via-pagevec
> >>patch, very, very, very few pages actually get their final release in
> >>__page_cache_release() - zero on uniprocessor, I expect.
> >
> > If you do this, then I would personally suggest a conceptually different
> > approach: make the LRU list count towards the page count. That will
> > _automatically_ result in what you describe - if a page is on the LRU
> > list, then "freeing" it will always just decrement the count, and the
> > _real_ free comes from walking the LRU list and considering count==1 to
> > be trivially freeable.
> >
> > That way you don't have to have separate functions for releasing
> > different kinds of pages (we've seen how nasty that was from a
> > maintainance standpoint already with the "put_page vs
> > page_cache_release" thing).
> >
> > Ehh?
>
> If every structure locks before removing its reference (ie before testing and/or
> removing a lru reference we take zone->lru_lock, for slabs take cachep->spinlock
> etc) Its a bit of an audit task to make sure the various locks are taken (and
> documented) though.
>
> By leting the actual free be lazy as Linus suggests things should simplify nicely.

Well we wouldn't want to leave tons of free pages on the LRU - the
VM would needlessly reclaim pagecache before finding the free pages. And
higher-order page allocations could suffer.

If we go for explicit lru removal in truncate and zap_pte_range
then this approach may be best. Still thinking about it.
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