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SubjectRe: [PATCH 7/10] mm/memcg: remove mem_cgroup_reset_owner
On Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:35:38 -0800 (PST)
Hugh Dickins <> wrote:

> With mem_cgroup_reset_uncharged_to_root() now making sure that freed
> pages point to root_mem_cgroup (instead of to a stale and perhaps
> long-deleted memcg), we no longer need to initialize page memcg to
> root in those odd places which put a page on lru before charging.
> Delete mem_cgroup_reset_owner().
> But: we have no init_page_cgroup() nowadays (and even when we had,
> it was called before root_mem_cgroup had been allocated); so until
> a struct page has once entered the memcg lru cycle, its page_cgroup
> ->mem_cgroup will be NULL instead of root_mem_cgroup.
> That could be fixed by reintroducing init_page_cgroup(), and ordering
> properly: in future we shall probably want root_mem_cgroup in kernel
> bss or data like swapper_space; but let's not get into that right now.
> Instead allow for this in page_relock_lruvec(): treating NULL as
> root_mem_cgroup, and correcting pc->mem_cgroup before going further.
> What? Before even taking the zone->lru_lock? Is that safe?
> Yes, because compaction and lumpy reclaim use __isolate_lru_page(),
> which refuses unless it sees PageLRU - which may be cleared at any
> instant, but we only need it to have been set once in the past for
> pc->mem_cgroup to be initialized properly.
> Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <>

Ok, this seems to be much better than current reset_owner().

Reviewed-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <>


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