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Date:   Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:37:30 +0800
From:   Jiang Biao <>
Subject: [PATCH] mm/vmscan: make do_shrink_slab more robust.

When running ltp stress test for 7*24 hours, the kernel occasionally
complains the following warning continuously,

mb_cache_shrink_scan+0x0/0x3f0 negative objects to delete
mb_cache_shrink_scan+0x0/0x3f0 negative objects to delete
mb_cache_shrink_scan+0x0/0x3f0 negative objects to delete

The tracing result shows the freeable(mb_cache_shrink_scan returns)
is -1, which causes the continuous accumulation and overflow of

This patch make do_shrink_slab more robust when
shrinker->count_objects return negative freeable.

Signed-off-by: Jiang Biao <>
 mm/vmscan.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
index eb2f031..3ea28f0 100644
--- a/mm/vmscan.c
+++ b/mm/vmscan.c
@@ -323,7 +323,7 @@ static unsigned long do_shrink_slab(struct shrink_control *shrinkctl,
 	long scanned = 0, next_deferred;
 	freeable = shrinker->count_objects(shrinker, shrinkctl);
-	if (freeable == 0)
+	if (freeable <= 0)
 		return 0;

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