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SubjectRe: Disabling file system caching
On Mon, Jan 20, 2003 at 01:17:42PM +0530, Balbir wrote:
> Not sure if posting to the newsgroup linux.kernel sends
> it to the mailing list too.
> "Balbir Singh" <> wrote in message
> news:b0g6q2$lfq$
> > "Rik van Riel" <> wrote in message
> > news:20030120011009$
> > > On Sun, 19 Jan 2003, Jean-Eric Cuendet wrote:
> > >
> > > > Is it possible to disable file caching for a given partition or mount?
> > >
> > > No, if you do that mmap(), read(), write() etc. would be impossible.
> > >
> > > > Or at least to limit it at a certain quantity of memory?
> > >
> > > Not yet. I'm thinking of implementing something like this
> > > for the next version of -rmap (reclaim only from the cache
> > > if the cache occupies more than a certain fraction of ram).
> >
> I think that this feature is very important. In an embedded system
> using an NFS root filesystem, we found that the file cache
> would take a lot of memory and all insmods would fail. This is
> especially true when the system boots up and looks for /lib/modules.
> I think it should be possible to modify the slab allocator to
> implement a memory pool. We could add a flag which would prevent
> the slab from growing beyond its initial size.
> This approach would work only if the cache is allocated by
> using the slab allocator.

No, it's not! And the slab alocator should mercilessly rip the cache
when it needs some pages. In the NFS root case, I would guess it's
a problem of NFS implementation allocating too much kernel memory, since
both cache and user-land pages are riped in favor of kernel allocations.

Jan 'Bulb' Hudec <>
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