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SubjectRe: dentry_cache using up all my zone normal memory
Marcelo wrote:

> How can this be reproduced? (point to a URL if you already explained
> that in detail).

I mentioned this earlier in the thread. I'm running 2.6.14-rc4 on a
pentium-M based atca blade with a bit over 3GB of memory. When I run
the "rename14" test from LTP with /tmp mounted on tmpfs, the system runs
out of zone normal memory and the OOM killer starts killing processes.

If I have /tmp mounted nfs, the problem doesn't occur. If I use the
boot args to limit the memory to 896MB the problem doesn't occur. If I
run the testcase on a dual Xeon with multiple gigs of memory, the
problem doesn't occur.

> Someone else on the thread said you had zillions of file descriptors
> open?

This does not appear to be the case. The testcase has two threads.

thread 1 loops doing the following:
fd = creat("./rename14", 0666);
unlink("./rename14");
close(fd);

thread 2 loops doing:
rename("./rename14", "./rename14xyz");

> Need to figure out they can't be freed. The kernel is surely trying it
> (also a problem if it is not trying). How does the "slabs_scanned" field
> of /proc/vmstats looks like?

That's something I haven't checked...will have to get back to you.

> Bharata maintains a patch to record additional statistics, haven't
> you tried it already?

Already tried. You should be able to find results earlier in this thread.

Chris
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