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authorAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>2006-01-08 01:00:39 -0800
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@g5.osdl.org>2006-01-08 20:12:40 -0800
commit9d0243bca345d5ce25d3f4b74b7facb3a6df1232 (patch)
treea3a0a763bf83a483282dc1c3caab587941a98fc2
parentbec6b0c89b234090681a4516e20ac5debe3e7c59 (diff)
downloadlinux-9d0243bca345d5ce25d3f4b74b7facb3a6df1232.tar.gz
[PATCH] drop-pagecache
Add /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches. When written to, this will cause the kernel to discard as much pagecache and/or reclaimable slab objects as it can. THis operation requires root permissions. It won't drop dirty data, so the user should run `sync' first. Caveats: a) Holds inode_lock for exorbitant amounts of time. b) Needs to be taught about NUMA nodes: propagate these all the way through so the discarding can be controlled on a per-node basis. This is a debugging feature: useful for getting consistent results between filesystem benchmarks. We could possibly put it under a config option, but it's less than 300 bytes. Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
-rw-r--r--Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt17
-rw-r--r--Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt3
-rw-r--r--fs/Makefile2
-rw-r--r--fs/drop_caches.c68
-rw-r--r--include/linux/mm.h7
-rw-r--r--include/linux/sysctl.h1
-rw-r--r--kernel/sysctl.c10
-rw-r--r--mm/truncate.c1
-rw-r--r--mm/vmscan.c3
9 files changed, 107 insertions, 5 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt b/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
index d4773565ea2..a4dcf42c2fd 100644
--- a/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
+++ b/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
@@ -1302,6 +1302,23 @@ VM has token based thrashing control mechanism and uses the token to prevent
unnecessary page faults in thrashing situation. The unit of the value is
second. The value would be useful to tune thrashing behavior.
+drop_caches
+-----------
+
+Writing to this will cause the kernel to drop clean caches, dentries and
+inodes from memory, causing that memory to become free.
+
+To free pagecache:
+ echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
+To free dentries and inodes:
+ echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
+To free pagecache, dentries and inodes:
+ echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
+
+As this is a non-destructive operation and dirty objects are not freeable, the
+user should run `sync' first.
+
+
2.5 /proc/sys/dev - Device specific parameters
----------------------------------------------
diff --git a/Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt b/Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt
index 2f1aae32a5d..89ba1a42a17 100644
--- a/Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt
+++ b/Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt
@@ -26,12 +26,13 @@ Currently, these files are in /proc/sys/vm:
- min_free_kbytes
- laptop_mode
- block_dump
+- drop-caches
==============================================================
dirty_ratio, dirty_background_ratio, dirty_expire_centisecs,
dirty_writeback_centisecs, vfs_cache_pressure, laptop_mode,
-block_dump, swap_token_timeout:
+block_dump, swap_token_timeout, drop-caches:
See Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
diff --git a/fs/Makefile b/fs/Makefile
index 73676111ebb..35e9aec608e 100644
--- a/fs/Makefile
+++ b/fs/Makefile
@@ -10,7 +10,7 @@ obj-y := open.o read_write.o file_table.o buffer.o bio.o super.o \
ioctl.o readdir.o select.o fifo.o locks.o dcache.o inode.o \
attr.o bad_inode.o file.o filesystems.o namespace.o aio.o \
seq_file.o xattr.o libfs.o fs-writeback.o mpage.o direct-io.o \
- ioprio.o pnode.o
+ ioprio.o pnode.o drop_caches.o
obj-$(CONFIG_INOTIFY) += inotify.o
obj-$(CONFIG_EPOLL) += eventpoll.o
diff --git a/fs/drop_caches.c b/fs/drop_caches.c
new file mode 100644
index 00000000000..4e4762389bd
--- /dev/null
+++ b/fs/drop_caches.c
@@ -0,0 +1,68 @@
+/*
+ * Implement the manual drop-all-pagecache function
+ */
+
+#include <linux/kernel.h>
+#include <linux/mm.h>
+#include <linux/fs.h>
+#include <linux/writeback.h>
+#include <linux/sysctl.h>
+#include <linux/gfp.h>
+
+/* A global variable is a bit ugly, but it keeps the code simple */
+int sysctl_drop_caches;
+
+static void drop_pagecache_sb(struct super_block *sb)
+{
+ struct inode *inode;
+
+ spin_lock(&inode_lock);
+ list_for_each_entry(inode, &sb->s_inodes, i_sb_list) {
+ if (inode->i_state & (I_FREEING|I_WILL_FREE))
+ continue;
+ invalidate_inode_pages(inode->i_mapping);
+ }
+ spin_unlock(&inode_lock);
+}
+
+void drop_pagecache(void)
+{
+ struct super_block *sb;
+
+ spin_lock(&sb_lock);
+restart:
+ list_for_each_entry(sb, &super_blocks, s_list) {
+ sb->s_count++;
+ spin_unlock(&sb_lock);
+ down_read(&sb->s_umount);
+ if (sb->s_root)
+ drop_pagecache_sb(sb);
+ up_read(&sb->s_umount);
+ spin_lock(&sb_lock);
+ if (__put_super_and_need_restart(sb))
+ goto restart;
+ }
+ spin_unlock(&sb_lock);
+}
+
+void drop_slab(void)
+{
+ int nr_objects;
+
+ do {
+ nr_objects = shrink_slab(1000, GFP_KERNEL, 1000);
+ } while (nr_objects > 10);
+}
+
+int drop_caches_sysctl_handler(ctl_table *table, int write,
+ struct file *file, void __user *buffer, size_t *length, loff_t *ppos)
+{
+ proc_dointvec_minmax(table, write, file, buffer, length, ppos);
+ if (write) {
+ if (sysctl_drop_caches & 1)
+ drop_pagecache();
+ if (sysctl_drop_caches & 2)
+ drop_slab();
+ }
+ return 0;
+}
diff --git a/include/linux/mm.h b/include/linux/mm.h
index bc01fff3aa0..83c651f2518 100644
--- a/include/linux/mm.h
+++ b/include/linux/mm.h
@@ -1036,5 +1036,12 @@ int in_gate_area_no_task(unsigned long addr);
/* /proc/<pid>/oom_adj set to -17 protects from the oom-killer */
#define OOM_DISABLE -17
+int drop_caches_sysctl_handler(struct ctl_table *, int, struct file *,
+ void __user *, size_t *, loff_t *);
+int shrink_slab(unsigned long scanned, gfp_t gfp_mask,
+ unsigned long lru_pages);
+void drop_pagecache(void);
+void drop_slab(void);
+
#endif /* __KERNEL__ */
#endif /* _LINUX_MM_H */
diff --git a/include/linux/sysctl.h b/include/linux/sysctl.h
index a9b80fc7f0f..4cd267fe87e 100644
--- a/include/linux/sysctl.h
+++ b/include/linux/sysctl.h
@@ -180,6 +180,7 @@ enum
VM_VFS_CACHE_PRESSURE=26, /* dcache/icache reclaim pressure */
VM_LEGACY_VA_LAYOUT=27, /* legacy/compatibility virtual address space layout */
VM_SWAP_TOKEN_TIMEOUT=28, /* default time for token time out */
+ VM_DROP_PAGECACHE=29, /* int: nuke lots of pagecache */
};
diff --git a/kernel/sysctl.c b/kernel/sysctl.c
index a85047bb573..8dcf6fd5b0f 100644
--- a/kernel/sysctl.c
+++ b/kernel/sysctl.c
@@ -68,6 +68,7 @@ extern int min_free_kbytes;
extern int printk_ratelimit_jiffies;
extern int printk_ratelimit_burst;
extern int pid_max_min, pid_max_max;
+extern int sysctl_drop_caches;
#if defined(CONFIG_X86_LOCAL_APIC) && defined(CONFIG_X86)
int unknown_nmi_panic;
@@ -775,6 +776,15 @@ static ctl_table vm_table[] = {
.strategy = &sysctl_intvec,
},
{
+ .ctl_name = VM_DROP_PAGECACHE,
+ .procname = "drop_caches",
+ .data = &sysctl_drop_caches,
+ .maxlen = sizeof(int),
+ .mode = 0644,
+ .proc_handler = drop_caches_sysctl_handler,
+ .strategy = &sysctl_intvec,
+ },
+ {
.ctl_name = VM_MIN_FREE_KBYTES,
.procname = "min_free_kbytes",
.data = &min_free_kbytes,
diff --git a/mm/truncate.c b/mm/truncate.c
index 7dee3274590..b1a463d0fe7 100644
--- a/mm/truncate.c
+++ b/mm/truncate.c
@@ -249,7 +249,6 @@ unlock:
break;
}
pagevec_release(&pvec);
- cond_resched();
}
return ret;
}
diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
index be8235fb193..428c5801d4b 100644
--- a/mm/vmscan.c
+++ b/mm/vmscan.c
@@ -180,8 +180,7 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(remove_shrinker);
*
* Returns the number of slab objects which we shrunk.
*/
-static int shrink_slab(unsigned long scanned, gfp_t gfp_mask,
- unsigned long lru_pages)
+int shrink_slab(unsigned long scanned, gfp_t gfp_mask, unsigned long lru_pages)
{
struct shrinker *shrinker;
int ret = 0;