Re: [PATCHv5 4/8] zswap: add to mm/

From: Seth Jennings
Date: Mon Feb 18 2013 - 17:52:33 EST

On 02/18/2013 03:59 PM, Dan Magenheimer wrote:
>> From: Seth Jennings [mailto:sjenning@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>> Subject: Re: [PATCHv5 4/8] zswap: add to mm/
>> On 02/18/2013 01:55 PM, Dan Magenheimer wrote:
>>>> From: Seth Jennings [mailto:sjenning@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>>>> Subject: Re: [PATCHv5 4/8] zswap: add to mm/
>>>> On 02/15/2013 10:04 PM, Ric Mason wrote:
>>>>>> + * certain event is occurring.
>>>>>> +*/
>>>>>> +static u64 zswap_pool_limit_hit;
>>>>>> +static u64 zswap_reject_compress_poor;
>>>>>> +static u64 zswap_reject_zsmalloc_fail;
>>>>>> +static u64 zswap_reject_kmemcache_fail;
>>>>>> +static u64 zswap_duplicate_entry;
>>>>>> +
>>>>>> +/*********************************
>>>>>> +* tunables
>>>>>> +**********************************/
>>>>>> +/* Enable/disable zswap (disabled by default, fixed at boot for
>>>>>> now) */
>>>>>> +static bool zswap_enabled;
>>>>>> +module_param_named(enabled, zswap_enabled, bool, 0);
>>>>> please document in Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt.
>>>> Will do.
>>> Is that a good idea? Konrad's frontswap/cleancache patches
>>> to fix frontswap/cleancache initialization so that backends
>>> can be built/loaded as modules may be merged for 3.9.
>>> AFAIK, module parameters are not included in kernel-parameters.txt.
>> This is true. However, the frontswap/cleancache init stuff isn't the
>> only reason zswap is built-in only. The writeback code depends on
>> non-exported kernel symbols:
>> swapcache_free
>> __swap_writepage
>> __add_to_swap_cache
>> swapcache_prepare
>> swapper_space
>> end_swap_bio_write
>> I know a fix is as trivial as exporting them, but I didn't want to
>> take on that debate right now.
> Hmmm... I wonder if exporting these might be the best solution
> as it (unnecessarily?) exposes some swap subsystem internals.
> I wonder if a small change to read_swap_cache_async might
> be more acceptable.

Yes, I'm not saying that I'm for exporting them; just that that would
be an easy and probably improper fix.

As I recall, the only thing I really needed to change in my adaption
of read_swap_cache_async(), zswap_get_swap_cache_page() in zswap, was
the assumption built in that it is swapping in a page on behalf of a
userspace program with the vma argument and alloc_page_vma(). Maybe
if we change it to just use alloc_page when vma is NULL, that could
work. In a non-NUMA kernel alloc_page_vma() equals alloc_page() so I
wouldn't expect weird things doing that.


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