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SubjectRe: [PATCH] vmscan: set try_to_release_page's gfp_mask to 0
Hi Andrew.

>Hisashi Hifumi <hifumi.hisashi@oss.ntt.co.jp> wrote:
>
>> At 12:21 08/08/13, Andrew Morton wrote:
>> >On Wed, 13 Aug 2008 11:21:16 +0900 Hisashi Hifumi
>> ><hifumi.hisashi@oss.ntt.co.jp> wrote:

>> >> Signed-off-by: Hisashi Hifumi <hifumi.hisashi@oss.ntt.co.jp>
>> >>
>> >> diff -Nrup linux-2.6.27-rc2.org/mm/vmscan.c
>linux-2.6.27-rc2.vmscan/mm/vmscan.c
>> >> --- linux-2.6.27-rc2.org/mm/vmscan.c 2008-08-11 14:33:24.000000000 +0900
>> >> +++ linux-2.6.27-rc2.vmscan/mm/vmscan.c 2008-08-12 18:57:05.000000000 +0900
>> >> @@ -614,7 +614,7 @@ static unsigned long shrink_page_list(st
>> >> * Otherwise, leave the page on the LRU so it is swappable.
>> >> */
>> >> if (PagePrivate(page)) {
>> >> - if (!try_to_release_page(page, sc->gfp_mask))
>> >> + if (!try_to_release_page(page, 0))
>> >> goto activate_locked;
>> >> if (!mapping && page_count(page) == 1) {
>> >> unlock_page(page);
>> >
>> >I think the change makes sense.
>> >
>> >Has this change been shown to improve any workloads? If so, please
>> >provide full information for the changelog. If not, please mention
>> >this and explain why benefits were not demonstrable. This information
>> >should _always_ be present in a "performance" patch's changelog!
>>
>> Sorry, I do not have performance number yet. I'll try this.
>>
>

Unfortunately, I did not succeed to get good performance number that
prove this patch had some benefit.

>This patch remains in a stalled state...
>
>And then there's this:
>

>:
>: Really, I think what this patch tells us is that 3f31fddf ("jbd: fix
>: race between free buffer and commit transaction") was an unpleasant
>: hack which had undesirable and unexpected side-effects. I think - that
>: depends upon your as-yet-undisclosed testing results?
>:
>: Perhaps we should revert 3f31fddf and have another think about how to
>: fix the direct-io -EIO problem. One option would be to hold our noses
>: and add a new gfp_t flag for this specific purpose?
>:

direct-io -EIO problem was already fixed by following patch.

commit 6ccfa806a9cfbbf1cd43d5b6aa47ef2c0eb518fd
Author: Hisashi Hifumi <hifumi.hisashi@oss.ntt.co.jp>
Date: Tue Sep 2 14:35:40 2008 -0700

VFS: fix dio write returning EIO when try_to_release_page fails

Dio falls back to buffered write when dio write gets EIO due to failure of try_to_release_page
by above patch. So I think just reverting the patch 3f31fddf ("jbd: fix race between
free buffer and commit transaction") is good approach.



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