makedumpfile memory usage grows with system memory size
kumagai-atsushi at mxc.nes.nec.co.jp
Wed Apr 11 23:40:40 EDT 2012
On Tue, 10 Apr 2012 08:52:05 -0400
Vivek Goyal <vgoyal at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 08:58:24AM +0900, HATAYAMA Daisuke wrote:
> > From: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal at redhat.com>
> > Subject: Re: makedumpfile memory usage grows with system memory size
> > Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 14:57:28 -0400
> > > On Fri, Apr 06, 2012 at 06:29:40PM +0900, HATAYAMA Daisuke wrote:
> > >
> > > [..]
> > >> I agree. On the other hand, there is one more thing to consider. The
> > >> value of order is in private member of the page descripter. Now
> > >> there's no information for private member in VMCOREINFO. If we choose
> > >> this method and delete the current one, it's necessary to prepare
> > >> vmlinux file for old kernels.
> > >
> > > What information do you need to access "private" member of "struct page".
> > > offset? Can't we extend VMCOREINFO to export this info too?
> > >
> > Yes, I mean offset of private member in page structure. The member
> > contains order of the buddy. Extending VMCOREINFO is easy, but we
> > cannot do that for old kernels, for which vmlinux is needed
> > separately.
> > This might be the same as what Kumagai-san says he doesn' want to
> > change behaviour on kernel versions.
> We can retain both the mechanisms. For newer kernels which export
> page->private offset, we can walk through memmap array and prepare a
> chunk of bitmap and discard it. For older kernels we can continue to walk
> through free pages list and prepare big bitmap in userspace.
> It is desirable to keep mechanism same across kernel versions, but
> change is unavoidable as things evolve in newer kernels. So at max
> we can provide backward compatibility with old kernels.
I said I want to avoid changing behavior based on kernel versions,
but it seems difficult as Vivek said. So, I will accept the changing
if it is necessary.
Now, I will make two prototypes to consider the method to figure out
- a prototype based on _count
- a prototype based on PG_buddy (or _mapcount)
If prototypes work fine, then we can select the method.
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