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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] staging: zsmalloc: add gfp flags to zs_create_pool
On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 11:01:28AM -0600, Seth Jennings wrote:
> On 01/27/2013 09:39 PM, Minchan Kim wrote:
> > Hi Seth,
> >
> > On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 11:46:15AM -0600, Seth Jennings wrote:
> >> zs_create_pool() currently takes a gfp flags argument
> >> that is used when growing the memory pool. However
> >> it is not used in allocating the metadata for the pool
> >> itself. That is currently hardcoded to GFP_KERNEL.
> >>
> >> zswap calls zs_create_pool() at swapon time which is done
> >> in atomic context, resulting in a "might sleep" warning.
> >>
> >> This patch changes the meaning of the flags argument in
> >> zs_create_pool() to mean the flags for the metadata allocation,
> >> and adds a flags argument to zs_malloc that will be used for
> >> memory pool growth if required.
> >
> > As I mentioned, I'm not strongly against with this patch but it
> > should be last resort in case of not being able to address
> > frontswap's init routine's dependency with swap_lock.
> >
> > I sent a patch and am waiting reply of Konrand or Dan.
> > If we can fix frontswap, it would be better rather than
> > changing zsmalloc.
> I agree that moving the call to frontswap_init() out of the swap_lock
> would be a good thing. However, it doesn't mean that we still
> shouldn't allow the users to control the gfp mask for the allocation
> done by zs_create_pool(). While moving the frontswap_init() outside
> the lock removes the _need_ for this patch, I think that is it good
> API design to allow the user to specify the gfp mask.

I agree but we can do it when we have needs.
If we can remove swap_lock dependency of frontswap, your needs would go away
so we could add gfp argument next time if someone give us their needs.

> Seth
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Kind regards,
Minchan Kim

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