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authorKAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com>2009-06-17 16:27:19 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2009-06-18 13:03:48 -0700
commit22a668d7c3ef833e7d67e9cef587ecc78069d532 (patch)
treeda9f2e7ea7224c347dfe33ea9d4dddd944c861ac /Documentation/cgroups
parent8a9478ca7f4bcb8945cec7f95d52dae2d5e50cbd (diff)
memcg: fix behavior under memory.limit equals to memsw.limit
A user can set memcg.limit_in_bytes == memcg.memsw.limit_in_bytes when the user just want to limit the total size of applications, in other words, not very interested in memory usage itself. In this case, swap-out will be done only by global-LRU. But, under current implementation, memory.limit_in_bytes is checked at first and try_to_free_page() may do swap-out. But, that swap-out is useless for memsw.limit_in_bytes and the thread may hit limit again. This patch tries to fix the current behavior at memory.limit == memsw.limit case. And documentation is updated to explain the behavior of this special case. Signed-off-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> Cc: Daisuke Nishimura <nishimura@mxp.nes.nec.co.jp> Cc: Balbir Singh <balbir@in.ibm.com> Cc: Li Zefan <lizf@cn.fujitsu.com> Cc: Dhaval Giani <dhaval@linux.vnet.ibm.com> Cc: YAMAMOTO Takashi <yamamoto@valinux.co.jp> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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1 files changed, 11 insertions, 6 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/cgroups/memory.txt b/Documentation/cgroups/memory.txt
index 1a608877b14..af48135bd9b 100644
--- a/Documentation/cgroups/memory.txt
+++ b/Documentation/cgroups/memory.txt
@@ -152,14 +152,19 @@ When swap is accounted, following files are added.
usage of mem+swap is limited by memsw.limit_in_bytes.
-Note: why 'mem+swap' rather than swap.
+* why 'mem+swap' rather than swap.
The global LRU(kswapd) can swap out arbitrary pages. Swap-out means
to move account from memory to swap...there is no change in usage of
-In other words, when we want to limit the usage of swap without affecting
-global LRU, mem+swap limit is better than just limiting swap from OS point
-of view.
+mem+swap. In other words, when we want to limit the usage of swap without
+affecting global LRU, mem+swap limit is better than just limiting swap from
+OS point of view.
+* What happens when a cgroup hits memory.memsw.limit_in_bytes
+When a cgroup his memory.memsw.limit_in_bytes, it's useless to do swap-out
+in this cgroup. Then, swap-out will not be done by cgroup routine and file
+caches are dropped. But as mentioned above, global LRU can do swapout memory
+from it for sanity of the system's memory management state. You can't forbid
+it by cgroup.
2.5 Reclaim