Commit a76cf1a4 authored by Roman Gushchin's avatar Roman Gushchin Committed by Linus Torvalds
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mm: don't reclaim inodes with many attached pages

Spock reported that commit 172b06c3 ("mm: slowly shrink slabs with a
relatively small number of objects") leads to a regression on his setup:
periodically the majority of the pagecache is evicted without an obvious
reason, while before the change the amount of free memory was balancing
around the watermark.

The reason behind is that the mentioned above change created some
minimal background pressure on the inode cache.  The problem is that if
an inode is considered to be reclaimed, all belonging pagecache page are
stripped, no matter how many of them are there.  So, if a huge
multi-gigabyte file is cached in the memory, and the goal is to reclaim
only few slab objects (unused inodes), we still can eventually evict all
gigabytes of the pagecache at once.

The workload described by Spock has few large non-mapped files in the
pagecache, so it's especially noticeable.

To solve the problem let's postpone the reclaim of inodes, which have
more than 1 attached page.  Let's wait until the pagecache pages will be
evicted naturally by scanning the corresponding LRU lists, and only then
reclaim the inode structure.


Signed-off-by: default avatarRoman Gushchin <>
Reported-by: default avatarSpock <>
Tested-by: default avatarSpock <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Cc: Michal Hocko <>
Cc: Rik van Riel <>
Cc: Randy Dunlap <>
Cc: <>	[4.19.x]
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 9d789999
...@@ -730,8 +730,11 @@ static enum lru_status inode_lru_isolate(struct list_head *item, ...@@ -730,8 +730,11 @@ static enum lru_status inode_lru_isolate(struct list_head *item,
} }
/* recently referenced inodes get one more pass */ /*
if (inode->i_state & I_REFERENCED) { * Recently referenced inodes and inodes with many attached pages
* get one more pass.
if (inode->i_state & I_REFERENCED || inode->i_data.nrpages > 1) {
inode->i_state &= ~I_REFERENCED; inode->i_state &= ~I_REFERENCED;
spin_unlock(&inode->i_lock); spin_unlock(&inode->i_lock);
return LRU_ROTATE; return LRU_ROTATE;
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