[Intel-gfx] [PATCH] [RFC] mm/shrinker: Add a shrinker flag to always shrink a bit

Knut Petersen Knut_Petersen at t-online.de
Wed Sep 18 03:38:23 PDT 2013

On 18.09.2013 11:10, Daniel Vetter wrote:

Just now I prepared a patch changing the same function in vmscan.c
> Also, this needs to be rebased to the new shrinker api in 3.12, I
> simply haven't rolled my trees forward yet.

Well, you should. Since commit 81e49f  shrinker->count_objects might be
set to SHRINK_STOP, causing shrink_slab_node() to complain loud and often:

[ 1908.234595] shrink_slab: i915_gem_inactive_scan+0x0/0x9c negative objects to delete nr=-xxxxxxxxx

The kernel emitted a few thousand log lines like the one quoted above during the
last few days on my system.

> diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
> index 2cff0d4..d81f6e0 100644
> --- a/mm/vmscan.c
> +++ b/mm/vmscan.c
> @@ -254,6 +254,10 @@ unsigned long shrink_slab(struct shrink_control *shrink,
>   			total_scan = max_pass;
>   		}
> +		/* Always try to shrink a bit to make forward progress. */
> +		if (shrinker->evicts_to_page_lru)
> +			total_scan = max_t(long, total_scan, batch_size);
> +
At that place the error message is already emitted.
>   		/*
>   		 * We need to avoid excessive windup on filesystem shrinkers
>   		 * due to large numbers of GFP_NOFS allocations causing the

Have a look at the attached patch. It fixes my problem with the erroneous/misleading
error messages, and I think it´s right to just bail out early if SHRINK_STOP is found.

Do you agree ?


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