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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] sysvshm: SHM_LOCK use lru_add_drain_all_async()
    On Sun, 1 Jan 2012, wrote:
    > From: KOSAKI Motohiro <>
    > shmctl also don't need synchrounous pagevec drain. This patch replace it with
    > lru_add_drain_all_async().
    > Signed-off-by: KOSAKI Motohiro <>

    Let me answer this 2/2 first since it's easier.

    I'm going to thank you for bringing this lru_add_drain_all()
    to my attention, I had not noticed it; but Nak the patch itself.

    The reason being, that particular lru_add_drain_all() serves no
    useful purpose, so let's delete it instead of replacing it. I believe
    that it serves no purpose for SHM_LOCK and no purpose for SHM_UNLOCK.

    I'm dabbling in this area myself, since you so cogently pointed out that
    I'd tried to add a cond_resched() to scan_mapping_unevictable_pages()
    (which is a helper for SHM_UNLOCK here) while it's under spinlock.

    In testing my fix for that, I find that there has been no attempt to
    keep the Unevictable count accurate on SysVShm: SHM_LOCK pages get
    marked unevictable lazily later as memory pressure discovers them -
    which perhaps mirrors the way in which SHM_LOCK makes no attempt to
    instantiate pages, unlike mlock.

    Since nobody has complained about that in the two years since we've
    had an Unevictable count in /proc/meminfo, I don't see any need to
    add code (it would need more than just your change here; would need
    more even than calling scan_mapping_unevictable_pages() at SHM_LOCK
    time - though perhaps along with your 1/2 that could handle it) and
    overhead to satisfy a need that nobody has.

    I'll delete that lru_add_drain_all() in my patch, okay?

    (But in writing this, realize I still don't quite understand why
    the Unevictable count takes a second or two to get back to 0 after
    SHM_UNLOCK: perhaps I've more to discover.)


    > ---
    > ipc/shm.c | 4 ++--
    > 1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
    > diff --git a/ipc/shm.c b/ipc/shm.c
    > index 02ecf2c..1eb25f0 100644
    > --- a/ipc/shm.c
    > +++ b/ipc/shm.c
    > @@ -872,8 +872,6 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE3(shmctl, int, shmid, int, cmd, struct shmid_ds __user *, buf)
    > {
    > struct file *uninitialized_var(shm_file);
    > - lru_add_drain_all(); /* drain pagevecs to lru lists */
    > -
    > shp = shm_lock_check(ns, shmid);
    > if (IS_ERR(shp)) {
    > err = PTR_ERR(shp);
    > @@ -911,6 +909,8 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE3(shmctl, int, shmid, int, cmd, struct shmid_ds __user *, buf)
    > shp->mlock_user = NULL;
    > }
    > shm_unlock(shp);
    > + /* prevent user visible mismatch of unevictable accounting */
    > + lru_add_drain_all_async();
    > goto out;
    > }
    > case IPC_RMID:
    > --
    > 1.7.1

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