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Date:	Wed, 13 Aug 2008 11:21:16 +0900
From:	Hisashi Hifumi <>
Subject: [PATCH] vmscan: set try_to_release_page's gfp_mask to 0


shrink_page_list passes gfp_mask to try_to_release_page.
When shrink_page_list is called from kswapd or buddy system, gfp_mask is set
and (gfp_mask & __GFP_WAIT) and (gfp_mask & __GFP_FS) check is positive.
releasepage of jbd/jbd2(ext3/4, ocfs2) and XFS use this parameter. 
If try_to_free_page fails due to bh busy in jbd/jbd2, jbd/jbd2 lets a thread wait for 
committing transaction. I think this has big performance impacts for vmscan.
So I modified shrink_page_list not to pass gfp_mask to try_to_release_page
in ordered to improve vmscan performance.


Signed-off-by: Hisashi Hifumi <>

diff -Nrup linux-2.6.27-rc2.vmscan/mm/vmscan.c
---	2008-08-11 14:33:24.000000000 +0900
+++ linux-2.6.27-rc2.vmscan/mm/vmscan.c	2008-08-12 18:57:05.000000000 +0900
@@ -614,7 +614,7 @@ static unsigned long shrink_page_list(st
 		* Otherwise, leave the page on the LRU so it is swappable.
 		if (PagePrivate(page)) {
-			if (!try_to_release_page(page, sc->gfp_mask))
+			if (!try_to_release_page(page, 0))
 				goto activate_locked;
 			if (!mapping && page_count(page) == 1) {

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