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    SubjectRe: [RFD] swsusp problem: Drivers allocate much memory during suspend (was: Re: 2.6.21-rc5: swsusp: Not enough free memory)
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    Hi.

    On Sat, 2007-04-14 at 00:35 +0200, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
    > On Saturday, 14 April 2007 00:10, Pavel Machek wrote:
    > > Hi!
    > >
    > > > > > Well, it looks like someone allocated about 6000 pages after we had freed
    > > > > > enough memory for suspending.
    > > > >
    > > > > We have a tunable allowance in Suspend2 for this, because fglrx
    > > > > allocates a lot of pages in its suspend routine if DRI is enabled. I
    > > > > think some other drivers do too, but fglrx is the main one I know.
    > > >
    > > > I wasn't aware of that, thanks for the information.
    > > >
    > > > I think this means we'll probably need to add a tunable, similar to image_size,
    > > > that will allow the users to specify how much spare memory they want to reserve
    > > > for suspending (instead of the constant PAGES_FOR_IO). IMO we can call it
    > > > 'spare_memory'.
    > >
    > > Just increase PAGES_FOR_IO. This should not be tunable.
    >
    > Well, I'm not sure. First, we don't really know what the value of it should be
    > and this alone is a good enough reason for making it tunable, IMHO. Second, I
    > think different systems may need different PAGES_FOR_IO and taking just the
    > maximum (even if we learn how much that actually is) seems to be wasteful in
    > the vast majority of cases. Finally, I think it may be possible to speed up
    > image saving by increasing PAGES_FOR_IO without playing with the
    > image size and we can let the user try it (think of distro kernels that are
    > compiled for many different users).

    It does vary according to the amount of video memory used for DRM, if I
    understand correctly.

    Nigel

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