On 3/28/14, 12:53 PM, Tap wrote:
> I have a Linux CentOs-based (6.5) system, running Linux 3.10.29
> beneath xen 4.2.3-26 with a raid array as follows:
> Anyway at some point the system had become unusable. Something as
> simple as:
> find /raid -type f -- or -- ls -lR /raid
> Would walk the entire system out of RAM. Looking at slabtop it looks
> like this is due mostly to xfs_inode memory usage. Note that since
> these problems began I stopped running all sub-ordinate domains and
> am now only running dom0. In fact I've allocated all 32 GB to that
> domain, and memory problems still persist.
Out of? Did the OOM-killer actually show up, or did you simply see
memory usage rise?
The dcache is tenacious. dentries are cached pretty aggressively, and
those in turn will pin the vfs/xfs inodes.
But memory is there to be used; unless you actually see problems,
then the system is likely working as it should be.
> Note: FWIW Un-mounting the filesystem also recovers the memory.
Yep, that would clear out the cache.