On Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 12:02:20AM +0200, Hans-Peter Jansen wrote:
> On Wednesday 07 April 2010, 03:45:33 Dave Chinner wrote:
> > However, if the memory pressure is purely inode cache (creating zero
> > length files or read-only traversal), then the OOM killer kicks a
> > while after the slab cache fills memory. This doesn't need highmem;
> > I used a x86_64 kernel on a VM w/ 1GB RAM to reliably reproduce
> > this. I'll add zero length file tests and traversals to my low
> > memory testing.
> I'm glad, that you're able to reproduce it. My initial failure was during
> disk to disk backup (with a simple cp -al & rsync combination).
> > The best way to fix this, I think, is to trigger a shrinker callback
> > when memory is low to run the background inode reclaim. The problem
> > is that these inode caches and the reclaim state are per-filesystem,
> > not global state, and the current shrinker interface only works with
> > global state.
> > Hence there are two patches to this fix - the first adds a context
> > to the shrinker callout, and the second adds the XFS infrastructure
> > to track the number of reclaimable inodes per filesystem and
> > register/unregister shrinkers for each filesystem.
> I see, the first one will be interesting to get into mainline, given the
> number of projects, that are involved.
> > With these patches, my reproducable test case which locked the
> > machine up with a OOM panic in a couple of minutes has been running
> > for over half an hour. I have much more confidence in this change
> > with limited testing than the reverting of the background inode
> > reclaim as the revert introduces
> > The patches below apply to the xfs-dev tree, which is currently at
> > 34-rc1. If they don't apply, let me know and I'll redo them against
> > a vanilla kernel tree. Can you test them to see if the problem goes
> > away? If the problem is fixed, I'll push them for a proper review
> > cycle...
> Of course, you did the original patch for a reason... Therefor I would love
> to test your patches. I've tried to apply them to 184.108.40.206, but after
> fixing the same reject as noted below, I'm stuck here:
> In function 'xfs_reclaim_inode_shrink':
> error: implicit declaration of function 'xfs_perag_get'
> warning: assignment makes pointer from integer without a cast
> error: implicit declaration of function 'xfs_perag_put'
> Now I see, that there happened a rename of the offending functions, but also
> they've grown a radix_tree structure and locking. How do I handle that?
With difficulty. I'd need to backport it to match the .33 code,
which may or may not be trivial...
> BTW, your patches do not apply to Linus' current git tree either:
> patching file fs/xfs/quota/xfs_qm.c
> Hunk #1 succeeded at 72 (offset 3 lines).
> Hunk #2 FAILED at 2120.
> 1 out of 2 hunks FAILED -- saving rejects to file fs/xfs/quota/xfs_qm.c.rej
> I'm able to resolve this, but 2.6.34-current does give me some other
> trouble, that I need to get by (PS2 keyboard stops working eventually)..
Yeah, there's another patch in my xfs-dev tree that changes that.
I'll rebase it on a clean linux tree before I post it again.