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SubjectRe: [PATCH] badness() dramatically overcounts memory
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On Tue, 2008-02-05 at 09:43 +0530, Balbir Singh wrote:
> 1. grep on the kernel source tells me that shared_vm is incremented only in
> vm_stat_account(), which is a NO-OP if CONFIG_PROC_FS is not defined.

I see, thanks for pointing that out. Is there another way do you think?
Would the penalty be to high to enable vm_stat_account when
CONFIG_PROC_FS is not defined?

Or perhaps my patch would only have an effect when CONFIG_PROC_FS is set
(which is default)?

> 2. How have you tested these patches? One way to do it would be to use the
> memory controller and set a small limit on the control group. A memory
> intensive application will soon see an OOM.

I have done a quick test a while back when I first wrote the patch. I
will test more thoroughly now.

> The interesting thing is the use of total_vm and not the RSS which is used as
> the basis by the OOM killer. I need to read/understand the code a bit more.

RSS makes more sense to me as well.

To me, it makes no sense to count shared memory, because killing a
process doesn't free the shared memory.

Regards,
Jeff Davis



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