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    Subject[RFC][PATCH] memcg: fix swap account (26/May)[0/5]

    As Nishimura reported, there is a race at handling swap cache.

    Typical cases are following (from Nishimura's mail)

    == Type-1 ==
    If some pages of processA has been swapped out, it calls free_swap_and_cache().
    And if at the same time, processB is calling read_swap_cache_async() about
    a swap entry *that is used by processA*, a race like below can happen.

    processA | processB
    (free_swap_and_cache()) | (read_swap_cache_async())
    | swap_duplicate()
    | __set_page_locked()
    | add_to_swap_cache()
    swap_entry_free() == 0 |
    find_get_page() -> found |
    try_lock_page() -> fail & return |
    | lru_cache_add_anon()
    | doesn't link this page to memcg's
    | LRU, because of !PageCgroupUsed.

    This type of leak can be avoided by setting /proc/sys/vm/page-cluster to 0.

    == Type-2 ==
    Assume processA is exiting and pte points to a page(!PageSwapCache).
    And processB is trying reclaim the page.

    processA | processB
    (page_remove_rmap()) | (shrink_page_list())
    mem_cgroup_uncharge_page() |
    ->uncharged because it's not |
    PageSwapCache yet. |
    So, both mem/memsw.usage |
    are decremented. |
    | add_to_swap() -> added to swap cache.

    If this page goes thorough without being freed for some reason, this page
    doesn't goes back to memcg's LRU because of !PageCgroupUsed.

    This patch is a trial for fixing above problems by fixing memcg's swap account logic.
    But this requires some amount of changes in swap.

    Comaparing with my previous post (22/May)
    I think this one is much easier to read...

    [1/5] change interface of swap_duplicate()/swap_free()
    Adds an function swapcache_prepare() and swapcache_free().

    [2/5] add SWAP_HAS_CACHE flag to swap_map
    Add SWAP_HAS_CACHE flag to swap_map array for knowing an information that
    "there is an only swap cache and swap has no reference"
    without calling find_get_page().

    [3/5] Count the number of swap-cache-only swaps
    After repeating swap-in/out, there are tons of cache-only swaps.
    (via a mapped swapcache under vm_swap_full()==false)
    This patch counts the number of entry and show it in debug information.
    (for example, sysrq-m)

    [4/5] fix memcg's swap accounting.
    change the memcg's swap accounting logic to see # of references to swap.

    [5/5] experimental garbage collection for cache-only swaps.
    reclaim swap enty which is not used.

    patch [4/5] is for type-1
    patch [5/5] is for type-2 and sanity of swaps control...

    Thank you for all helps. Any comments are welcome.


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