On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 07:40:44PM -0700, daiguochao wrote:
> Dear Stan, I can't send email to you.So I leave a message here.I hope not to
> bother you.
> Thank you for your kind assistance.
> In accordance with your suggestion, we executed "echo 3 >
> /proc/sysm/drop_caches" for trying to release vfs dentries and inodes.
> our lost memory came back. But we learned that the memory of vfs dentries
> and inodes is distributed from slab. Please check our system "Slab: 509708
> kB" from /proc/meminfo, and it seems only be took up 500MB and xfs_buf take
> up 450MB among.
That's where your memory is - in metadata buffers. The xfs_buf slab
entries are just the handles - the metadata pages in the buffers
usually take much more space and it's not accounted to the slab
cache nor the page cache.
Can you post the output of /proc/slabinfo, and what is the output of
xfs_info on the filesystem in question? Also, a description of your
workload that is resulting in large amounts of cached metadata
buffers but no inodes or dentries would be helpful.