Endless garbage collection

Martin Gadbois martin.gadbois at colubris.com
Tue Jan 23 11:20:20 EST 2001

Simon Munton wrote:

> It's possible to get the garbage collection going in an endless loop by
> creating lots of small files. eg, if I create 25 files, each 0 bytes long,
> on an empty filesystem, garbage collection starts and goes on and on.
> Perhaps the test for too much RAM being used in thread_should_wake() ought
> to take the number of files into account? ie should it be:
>         /* If there is too much RAM used by the various structures, GC */
>         if (jffs_get_node_inuse() >
> (c->fmc->used_size/c->fmc->max_chunk_size * 5 + 25 + jffs_get_file_count()))
> {
> where  jffs_get_file_count() returns the number of files on the filesystem.

You're absolutly right. The only issues are performance of the
jffs_get_file_count(), because it is executed every times an insert_node() is
called. We should keep a running count of how many files exists in the
partition, but I did not do that yet.
Here's my version:

if (jffs_get_node_inuse() > (c->fmc->used_size/c->fmc->max_chunk_size * 5
                        + jffs_foreach_file(c, jffs_file_count) * 2 + 50))
  return 1;

I suggest to raise 25 to 50, to avoid silly problems like this.

Martin Gadbois
S/W designer
Colubris Networks (http://www.colubris.com)

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