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SubjectRe: VM balancing issues on 2.6.13: dentry cache not getting shrunk enough
On Wed, Sep 14, 2005 at 06:34:04PM -0300, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 13, 2005 at 02:17:52PM +0530, Bharata B Rao wrote:
> > On Sun, Sep 11, 2005 at 11:16:36PM -0400, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> > > On Sun, Sep 11, 2005 at 05:30:46PM +0530, Dipankar Sarma wrote:
> > > > Do you have the /proc/sys/fs/dentry-state output when such lowmem
> > > > shortage happens ?
> > >
> > > Not yet, but the situation occurs on my laptop about 2 or 3 times
> > > (when I'm not travelling and so it doesn't get rebooted). So
> > > reproducing it isn't utterly trivial, but it's does happen often
> > > enough that it should be possible to get the necessary data.
> > >
> > > > This is a problem that Bharata has been investigating at the moment.
> > > > But he hasn't seen anything that can't be cured by a small memory
> > > > pressure - IOW, dentries do get freed under memory pressure. So
> > > > your case might be very useful. Bharata is maintaing an instrumentation
> > > > patch to collect more information and an alternative dentry aging patch
> > > > (using rbtree). Perhaps you could try with those.
> > >
> > > Send it to me, and I'd be happy to try either the instrumentation
> > > patch or the dentry aging patch.
> > >
> >
> > Ted,
> >
> > I am sending two patches here.
> >
> > First is dentry_stats patch which collects some dcache statistics
> > and puts it into /proc/meminfo. This patch provides information
> > about how dentries are distributed in dcache slab pages, how many
> > free and in use dentries are present in dentry_unused lru list and
> > how prune_dcache() performs with respect to freeing the requested
> > number of dentries.
>
> Hi Bharata,
>
> +void get_dstat_info(void)
> +{
> + struct dentry *dentry;
> +
> + lru_dentry_stat.nr_total = lru_dentry_stat.nr_inuse = 0;
> + lru_dentry_stat.nr_ref = lru_dentry_stat.nr_free = 0;
> +
> + spin_lock(&dcache_lock);
> + list_for_each_entry(dentry, &dentry_unused, d_lru) {
> + if (atomic_read(&dentry->d_count))
> + lru_dentry_stat.nr_inuse++;
>
> Dentries on dentry_unused list with d_count positive? Is that possible
> at all? As far as my limited understanding goes, only dentries with zero
> count can be part of the dentry_unused list.

As Dipankar mentioned, its now possible to have positive d_count dentires
on unused_list. BTW I think we need a better way to get this data than
going through the entire unused_list linearly, which might not be
scalable with huge number of dentries.

>
> + if (dentry->d_flags & DCACHE_REFERENCED)
> + lru_dentry_stat.nr_ref++;
> + }
>
>
> @@ -393,6 +430,9 @@ static inline void prune_one_dentry(stru
>
> static void prune_dcache(int count)
> {
> + int nr_requested = count;
> + int nr_freed = 0;
> +
> spin_lock(&dcache_lock);
> for (; count ; count--) {
> struct dentry *dentry;
> @@ -427,8 +467,13 @@ static void prune_dcache(int count)
> continue;
> }
> prune_one_dentry(dentry);
> + nr_freed++;
> }
> spin_unlock(&dcache_lock);
> + spin_lock(&prune_dcache_lock);
> + lru_dentry_stat.dprune_req = nr_requested;
> + lru_dentry_stat.dprune_freed = nr_freed;
>
> Don't you mean "+=" ?

No. Actually here I am capturing the number of dentries freed
per invocation of prune_dcache.

Regards,
Bharata.
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