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SubjectRe: swsusp performance problems in 2.6.15-rc3-mm1

> Newer kernels write and read a bigger image, which makes the prompt show
> up somewhat later, but gives the benefit of putting me back in
> approximately the same place I left off with regards to working set.
> I would like the best of both worlds - I want my suspend to go faster
> (so I want a smaller image), and I also want my working set paged back
> in after resume.
> I'm assuming that the difference is that with Rafael's patches, clean
> pages that would have been evicted in the "freeing pages..." step are
> now being written out to the swsusp image. If so, this is a waste - no
> point in having the data on disk twice. (It would be nice to confirm
> this suspicion.)

Confirmed. But you are wrong; it is not a waste. The pages are nicely
linear in suspend image, while they would be all over the disk
otherwise. There can easily be factor 20 difference between linear
read and random read.

> Could we rework it to avoid writing clean pages out to the swsusp image,
> but keep a list of those pages and read them back in *after* having
> resumed? Maybe do the /dev/initrd ('less +/once Documentation/initrd.txt'
> if you're not familiar with it) trick to make the list of pages available
> to a userland helper.

I did not understand this one.

> Someone suggested the 'cat `grep / /proc/*/maps`' trick. This kills the
> working set calculations that the kernel has so painstakingly built up,
> reading in all kinds of pages that were flushed with good reason, and
> also fails to get my Mercurial .d files back into cache, since they are
> not mapped by any long-running process.

Yes, that was very rough approximation.

Anyway, try limiting size of image to ~500MB, first. Should solve your
problem with very little work.
Thanks, Sharp!
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