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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] vmscan: merge duplicate code in shrink_active_list()
On Sat, May 16, 2009 at 09:39:50PM +0800, Johannes Weiner wrote:
> On Sat, May 16, 2009 at 05:00:08PM +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> > The "move pages to active list" and "move pages to inactive list"
> > code blocks are mostly identical and can be served by a function.
> >
> > Thanks to Andrew Morton for pointing this out.
> >
> > Note that buffer_heads_over_limit check will also be carried out
> > for re-activated pages, which is slightly different from pre-2.6.28
> > kernels. Also, Rik's "vmscan: evict use-once pages first" patch
> > could totally stop scans of active list when memory pressure is low.
> > So the net effect could be, the number of buffer heads is now more
> > likely to grow large.
> I don't think that this could be harmful. We just preserve the buffer
> mappings of what we consider the working set and with low memory
> pressure, as you say, this set is not big.
> As to stripping of reactivated pages: the only pages we re-activate
> for now are those VM_EXEC mapped ones. Since we don't expect IO from
> or to these pages, removing the buffer mappings in case they grow too
> large should be okay, I guess.

Agreed - and good analyzes, thanks!


> > CC: Rik van Riel <>
> > Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <>
> Reviewed-by: Johannes Weiner <>

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