Re: [PATCH] tmpfs: Insert tmpfs cache pages to inactive list at first

From: Johannes Weiner
Date: Wed May 19 2010 - 17:52:34 EST

On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 05:44:49PM +0900, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> Shaohua Li reported parallel file copy on tmpfs can lead to
> OOM killer. This is regression of caused by commit 9ff473b9a7
> (vmscan: evict streaming IO first). Wow, It is 2 years old patch!
> Currently, tmpfs file cache is inserted active list at first. It
> mean the insertion doesn't only increase numbers of pages in anon LRU,
> but also reduce anon scanning ratio. Therefore, vmscan will get totally
> confusion. It scan almost only file LRU even though the system have
> plenty unused tmpfs pages.
> Historically, lru_cache_add_active_anon() was used by two reasons.
> 1) Intend to priotize shmem page rather than regular file cache.
> 2) Intend to avoid reclaim priority inversion of used once pages.
> But we've lost both motivation because (1) Now we have separate
> anon and file LRU list. then, to insert active list doesn't help
> such priotize. (2) In past, one pte access bit will cause page
> activation. then to insert inactive list with pte access bit mean
> higher priority than to insert active list. Its priority inversion
> may lead to uninteded lru chun. but it was already solved by commit
> 645747462 (vmscan: detect mapped file pages used only once).
> (Thanks Hannes, you are great!)
> Thus, now we can use lru_cache_add_anon() instead.
> Reported-by: Shaohua Li <>
> Cc: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Johannes Weiner <hannes@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Reviewed-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@xxxxxxxxxxx>

> Cc: Rik van Riel <riel@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Minchan Kim <>
> Cc: Hugh Dickins <hughd@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> mm/filemap.c | 2 +-
> 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/mm/filemap.c b/mm/filemap.c
> index b941996..023ef61 100644
> --- a/mm/filemap.c
> +++ b/mm/filemap.c
> @@ -452,7 +452,7 @@ int add_to_page_cache_lru(struct page *page, struct address_space *mapping,
> if (page_is_file_cache(page))
> lru_cache_add_file(page);
> else
> - lru_cache_add_active_anon(page);
> + lru_cache_add_anon(page);

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