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SubjectRe: [PATCH] staging: zcache: remove zcache_direct_reclaim_lock
On 10/12/2011 03:39 PM, Dan Magenheimer wrote:
>> From: Seth Jennings []
>> Subject: [PATCH] staging: zcache: remove zcache_direct_reclaim_lock
>> zcache_do_preload() currently does a spin_trylock() on the
>> zcache_direct_reclaim_lock. Holding this lock intends to prevent
>> shrink_zcache_memory() from evicting zbud pages as a result
>> of a preload.
>> However, it also prevents two threads from
>> executing zcache_do_preload() at the same time. The first
>> thread will obtain the lock and the second thread's spin_trylock()
>> will fail (an aborted preload) causing the page to be either lost
>> (cleancache) or pushed out to the swap device (frontswap). It
>> also doesn't ensure that the call to shrink_zcache_memory() is
>> on the same thread as the call to zcache_do_preload().
> Yes, this looks to be leftover code from early in kztmem/zcache
> development. Good analysis.
>> Additional, there is no need for this mechanism because all
>> zcache_do_preload() calls that come down from cleancache already
>> have PF_MEMALLOC set in the process flags which prevents
>> direct reclaim in the memory manager. If the zcache_do_preload()
> Might it be worthwhile to add a BUG/ASSERT for the presence
> of PF_MEMALLOC, or at least a comment in the code?

I was mistaken in my commit comments. Not all cleancache calls have
PF_MEMALLOC set. One exception is calls from the cgroup code paths.

However, there isn't a way for the code to loop back on itself.

Regardless of whether or not PF_MEMALLOC is set coming into
the preload, the call path only goes one way:

possibly reclaim and call to shrink_zcache_memory()

Nothing done in zbud_evict_pages() can result in a call back to
zcache_do_preload(). So there isn't a threat of recursion.

NOW, if the logic your are trying to implement is: "Don't kick
out zbud pages as the result of preload allocations" then that's
a different story.

If the preload is called with PF_MEMALLOC set, then
the shrinker will not be run during a kmem_cache_alloc().

However if the preload is called with PF_MEMALLOC being set
then there is a chance that some zbud pages might be reclaimed
as a result. BUT, I'm not convinced that is a bad thing.

>> call is done from the frontswap path, we _want_ reclaim to be
>> done (which it isn't right now).
>> This patch removes the zcache_direct_reclaim_lock and related
>> statistics in zcache.
>> Based on v3.1-rc8
>> Signed-off-by: Seth Jennings <>
>> Reviewed-by: Dave Hansen <>
> With added code/comment per above...
> Acked-by: Dan Magenheimer <>

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