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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm v2 1/3] slub: never fail to shrink cache
On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 09:55:56AM -0600, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Thu, 29 Jan 2015, Vladimir Davydov wrote:
>
> > Come to think of it, do we really need to optimize slab placement in
> > kmem_cache_shrink? None of its users except shrink_store expects it -
> > they just want to purge the cache before destruction, that's it. May be,
> > we'd better move slab placement optimization to a separate SLUB's
> > private function that would be called only by shrink_store, where we can
> > put up with kmalloc failures? Christoph, what do you think?
>
> The slabinfo tool invokes kmem_cache_shrink to optimize placement.
>
> Run
>
> slabinfo -s
>
> which can then be used to reduce the fragmentation.

Yeah, but the tool just writes 1 to /sys/kernel/slab/cache/shrink, i.e.
invokes shrink_store(), and I don't propose to remove slab placement
optimization from there. What I propose is to move slab placement
optimization from kmem_cache_shrink() to shrink_store(), because other
users of kmem_cache_shrink() don't seem to need it at all - they just
want to release empty slabs. Such a change wouldn't affect the behavior
of `slabinfo -s` at all.

Thanks,
Vladimir


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