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Subject[PATCH 3/13] memcg: nolimit root cgroup
Make root cgroup of memory resource controller to have no limit.

By this, users cannot set limit to root group. This is for making root cgroup
as a kind of trash-can.

For accounting pages which has no owner, which are created by force_empty,
we need some cgroup with no_limit. A patch for rewriting force_empty will
will follow this one.

Signed-off-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <>

Index: mmotm-2.6.27-rc6+/mm/memcontrol.c
--- mmotm-2.6.27-rc6+.orig/mm/memcontrol.c
+++ mmotm-2.6.27-rc6+/mm/memcontrol.c
@@ -136,6 +136,9 @@ struct mem_cgroup {
static struct mem_cgroup init_mem_cgroup;

+#define is_root_cgroup(cgrp) ((cgrp) == &init_mem_cgroup)
* We use the lower bit of the page->page_cgroup pointer as a bit spin
* lock. We need to ensure that page->page_cgroup is at least two
@@ -944,6 +947,10 @@ static int mem_cgroup_write(struct cgrou

switch (cft->private) {
+ if (is_root_cgroup(memcg)) {
+ ret = -EINVAL;
+ break;
+ }
/* This function does all necessary parse...reuse it */
ret = res_counter_memparse_write_strategy(buffer, &val);
if (!ret)
Index: mmotm-2.6.27-rc6+/Documentation/controllers/memory.txt
--- mmotm-2.6.27-rc6+.orig/Documentation/controllers/memory.txt
+++ mmotm-2.6.27-rc6+/Documentation/controllers/memory.txt
@@ -121,6 +121,9 @@ The corresponding routines that remove a
a page from Page Cache is used to decrement the accounting counters of the

+The root cgroup is not allowed to be set limit but usage is accounted.
+For controlling usage of memory, you need to create a cgroup.
2.3 Shared Page Accounting

Shared pages are accounted on the basis of the first touch approach. The
@@ -172,6 +175,7 @@ We can alter the memory limit:

NOTE: We can use a suffix (k, K, m, M, g or G) to indicate values in kilo,
mega or gigabytes.
+Note: root cgroup is not able to be set limit.

# cat /cgroups/0/memory.limit_in_bytes

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