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SubjectRe: shrinkable cache statistics [was Re: VM balancing issues on 2.6.13: dentry cache not getting shrunk enough]
On Wed, Oct 05, 2005 at 06:25:51PM -0300, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> Hi Bharata,
>
> On Tue, Oct 04, 2005 at 07:06:35PM +0530, Bharata B Rao wrote:
> > Marcelo,
> >
> > Here's my next attempt in breaking the "slabs_scanned" from /proc/vmstat
> > into meaningful per cache statistics. Now I have the statistics counters
> > as percpu. [an issue remaining is that there are more than one cache as
> > part of mbcache and they all have a common shrinker routine and I am
> > displaying the collective shrinker stats info on each of them in
> > /proc/slabinfo ==> some kind of duplication]
>
> Looks good to me! IMO it should be a candidate for -mm/mainline.
>
> Nothing useful to suggest on the mbcache issue... sorry.

Thanks Marcelo for reviewing.

<snip>

> >
> > [root@llm09 bharata]# grep shrinker /proc/slabinfo
> > # name <active_objs> <num_objs> <objsize> <objperslab> <pagesperslab> : tunables <limit> <batchcount> <sharedfactor> : slabdata <active_slabs> <num_slabs> <sharedavail> : shrinker stat <nr requested> <nr freed>
> > ext3_xattr 0 0 48 78 1 : tunables 120 60 8 : slabdata 0 0 0 : shrinker stat 0 0
> > dquot 0 0 160 24 1 : tunables 120 60 8 : slabdata 0 0 0 : shrinker stat 0 0
> > inode_cache 1301 1390 400 10 1 : tunables 54 27 8 : slabdata 139 139 0 : shrinker stat 682752 681900
> > dentry_cache 82110 114452 152 26 1 : tunables 120 60 8 : slabdata 4402 4402 0 : shrinker stat 1557760 760100
> >
> > [root@llm09 bharata]# grep slabs_scanned /proc/vmstat
> > slabs_scanned 2240512
> >
> > [root@llm09 bharata]# cat /proc/sys/fs/dentry-state
> > 82046 75369 45 0 3599 0
> > [The order of dentry-state o/p is like this:
> > total dentries in dentry hash list, total dentries in lru list, age limit,
> > want_pages, inuse dentries in lru list, dummy]
> >
> > So, we can see that with low memory pressure, even though the
> > shrinker runs on dcache repeatedly, not many dentries are freed
> > by dcache. And dcache lru list still has huge number of free
> > dentries.
>
> The success/attempt ratio is about 1/2, which seems alright?
>

Hmm... when compared to inode_cache, I felt dcache shrinker wasn't
doing a good job. Anyway I will analyze further to see if things
can be made better with the existing shrinker.

Regards,
Bharata.
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