Re: [PATCH] slablru for linux-2.5 bk tree

From: Andrew Morton (
Date: Sat Aug 03 2002 - 22:17:10 EST

Ed Tomlinson wrote:
> Hi,
> Here the slablru patch ported to 2.5.30.

Ed, it's going to take some time/effort to get this shaken down
and into the tree, I expect. There's quite a bit banked up
at present.

I'll take care of any stability and performance stuff in slablru, but
the wider question is: what behaviour do we actually _want_ for slab
pages, and is this code delivering it? Need to think about that. But
we certainly can't do worse than we are at present ;)

I've merged your patch on top of the pagemap_lru_lock patches. A whole
bunch of nastiness went away because those patches allow us to take that
lock from interrupt context.

The locking in slab.c needs some going over - I think it's wrong from a
2.4 perspective: there's one ranking bug between pagemap_lru_lock and
the cachep->spinlock. I'd suggest that you change the 2.4 implementation
to just drop pagemap_lru_lock before calling from vmscan into
kmem_shrink_slab(). One thing will lead to another and the locking in slab
will get simpler. Just make the lru lock nest inside the cachep->spinlock.

The fiddled patch is at
I'll read through it a bit more next week, give it a bit of testing.

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