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Date:	Mon, 4 Jan 2010 08:43:47 +0900
From:	KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <>
To:	Hugh Dickins <>
Cc:	Minchan Kim <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	LKML <>,
	linux-mm <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/3 -mmotm-2009-12-10-17-19] Count zero page as file_rss

On Wed, 30 Dec 2009 16:49:52 +0000 (GMT)
Hugh Dickins <> wrote:

> > > 
> > > Kame reported following as
> > > "Before starting zero-page works, I checked "questions" in lkml and
> > > found some reports that some applications start to go OOM after zero-page
> > > removal.
> > > 
> > > For me, I know one of my customer's application depends on behavior of
> > > zero page (on RHEL5). So, I tried to add again it before RHEL6 because
> > > I think removal of zero-page corrupts compatibility."
> > > 
> > > So how about adding zero page as file_rss again for compatibility?
> I think not.
> KAMEZAWA-san can correct me (when he returns in the New Year) if I'm
> wrong, but I don't think his customer's OOMs had anything to do with
> whether the ZERO_PAGE was counted in file_rss or not: the OOMs came
> from the fact that many pages were being used up where just the one
> ZERO_PAGE had been good before.  Wouldn't he have complained if the
> zero_pfn patches hadn't solved that problem?
> You are right that I completely overlooked the issue of whether to
> include the ZERO_PAGE in rss counts (now being a !vm_normal_page,
> it was just natural to leave it out); and I overlooked the fact that
> it used to be counted into file_rss in the old days (being !PageAnon).
> So I'm certainly at fault for that, and thank you for bringing the
> issue to attention; but once considered, I can't actually see a good
> reason why we should add code to count ZERO_PAGEs into file_rss now.
> And if this patch falls, then 1/3 and 3/3 would fall also.
> And the patch below would be incomplete anyway, wouldn't it?
> There would need to be a matching change to zap_pte_range(),
> but I don't see that.
> We really don't want to be adding more and more ZERO_PAGE/zero_pfn
> tests around the place if we can avoid them: KOSAKI-san has a strong
> argument for adding such a test in kernel/futex.c, but I don't the
> argument here.

I agree that ZERO_PAGE shouldn't be counted as rss. Now, I feel that old
counting method(in old zero-page implementation) was bad.

Minchan-san, I'm sorry for noise.


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