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SubjectRe: [PATCH][5/?] count writeback pages in nr_scanned
On Wed, 5 Jan 2005, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

> Another unrelated problem I have in this same area and that can explain
> VM troubles at least theoretically, is that blk_congestion_wait is
> broken by design. First we cannot wait on random I/O not related to
> write back. Second blk_congestion_wait gets trivially fooled by
> direct-io for example. Plus the timeout may cause it to return too early
> with slow blkdev.

Or the IO that just finished, finished for pages in
another memory zone, or pages we won't scan again in
our current go-around through the VM...

> blk_congestion_wait is a fundamental piece to get oom detection right
> during writeback and unfortunately it's fundamentally fragile in 2.6
> (this as usual wasn't the case in 2.4).

Indeed ;(

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