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SubjectRe: [PATCH] vmscan: fix missing place to check nr_swap_pages.
On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 12:31 PM, Ying Han <> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 6:03 PM, Minchan Kim <> wrote:
>> Hello.
>> On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 9:11 AM, Ying Han <> wrote:
>> > Fix a missed place where checks nr_swap_pages to do shrink_active_list. Make the
>> > change that moves the check to common function inactive_anon_is_low.
>> >
>> Hmm.. AFAIR, we discussed it at that time but we concluded it's not good.
>> That's because nr_swap_pages < 0 means both "NO SWAP" and "NOT enough
>> swap space now". If we have a swap device or file but not enough space
>> now, we need to aging anon pages to make inactive list enough size.
>> Otherwise, working set pages would be swapped out more fast before
>> promotion.
> We found the problem on one of our workloads where more TLB flush
> happens without the change. Kswapd seems to be calling
> shrink_active_list() which eventually clears access bit of those ptes
> and does TLB flush
> with ptep_clear_flush_young(). This system does not have swap
> configured, and why aging the anon lru in that
> case?

True. I also wanted it but we have to care swap configured but
non-enabling still yet system as well as non-swap configured system at
that time.

If your system is no swap configured, how about this?
(It's a not formal proper patch but just quick patch to show the concept).

diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
index 3109ff7..641c6a6 100644
--- a/mm/vmscan.c
+++ b/mm/vmscan.c
@@ -1580,6 +1580,11 @@ static void shrink_active_list(unsigned long
nr_pages, struct zone *zone,

+ * If system doesn't have a swap configuration,
+ * it doesn't need to age anon pages in kswapd.
+ */
static int inactive_anon_is_low_global(struct zone *zone)
unsigned long active, inactive;
@@ -1611,6 +1616,12 @@ static int inactive_anon_is_low(struct zone
*zone, struct scan_control *sc)
low = mem_cgroup_inactive_anon_is_low(sc->mem_cgroup);
return low;
+static inline int inactive_anon_is_low(struct zone *zone, struct
scan_control *sc)
+ return 0;

static int inactive_file_is_low_global(struct zone *zone)

Kind regards,
Minchan Kim

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