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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: Do not stall in synchronous compaction for THP allocations
On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 03:00:09AM +0100, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> I didn't fill that gap but I was reading the code again and I don't
> see why we keep retrying for -EAGAIN in the !sync case. Maybe the
> below is good (untested). I doubt it's good to spend cpu to retry the
> trylock or to retry the migrate on a pinned page by O_DIRECT. In fact
> as far as THP success rate is concerned maybe we should "goto out"
> instead of "goto fail" but I didn't change to that as compaction even
> if it fails a subpage may still be successful at creating order
> 1/2/3/4...8 pages. I only avoid 9 loops to retry a trylock or a page
> under O_DIRECT. Maybe that will save a bit of CPU, I doubt it can
> decrease the success rate in any significant way. I'll test it at the
> next build...

At the same time also noticed another minor cleanup (also untested,
will text at next build together with some other stuff).

From: Andrea Arcangeli <>
Subject: [PATCH] compaction: move ISOLATE_CLEAN setting out of
compaction_migratepages loop

cc->sync and mode cannot change within the loop so move it out.

Signed-off-by: Andrea Arcangeli <>
mm/compaction.c | 6 +++---
1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/mm/compaction.c b/mm/compaction.c
index 899d956..be0be1d 100644
--- a/mm/compaction.c
+++ b/mm/compaction.c
@@ -291,6 +291,9 @@ static isolate_migrate_t isolate_migratepages(struct zone *zone,

+ if (!cc->sync)
+ mode |= ISOLATE_CLEAN;
/* Time to isolate some pages for migration */
@@ -349,9 +352,6 @@ static isolate_migrate_t isolate_migratepages(struct zone *zone,

- if (!cc->sync)
- mode |= ISOLATE_CLEAN;
/* Try isolate the page */
if (__isolate_lru_page(page, mode, 0) != 0)

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