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Date:   Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:12:00 +0200
From:   Michal Hocko <mhocko@...e.com>
To:     zangchunxin@...edance.com
Cc:     hannes@...xchg.org, vdavydov.dev@...il.com,
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Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm/memcontrol: Add the drop_cache interface for cgroup v2

On Mon 21-09-20 16:02:55, zangchunxin@...edance.com wrote:
> From: Chunxin Zang <zangchunxin@...edance.com>
> 
> In the cgroup v1, we have 'force_mepty' interface. This is very
> useful for userspace to actively release memory. But the cgroup
> v2 does not.
> 
> This patch reuse cgroup v1's function, but have a new name for
> the interface. Because I think 'drop_cache' may be is easier to
> understand :)

This should really explain a usecase. Global drop_caches is a terrible
interface and it has caused many problems in the past. People have
learned to use it as a remedy to any problem they might see and cause
other problems without realizing that. This is the reason why we even
log each attempt to drop caches.

I would rather not repeat the same mistake on the memcg level unless
there is a very strong reason for it.

> Signed-off-by: Chunxin Zang <zangchunxin@...edance.com>
> ---
>  Documentation/admin-guide/cgroup-v2.rst | 11 +++++++++++
>  mm/memcontrol.c                         |  5 +++++
>  2 files changed, 16 insertions(+)
> 
> diff --git a/Documentation/admin-guide/cgroup-v2.rst b/Documentation/admin-guide/cgroup-v2.rst
> index ce3e05e41724..fbff959c8116 100644
> --- a/Documentation/admin-guide/cgroup-v2.rst
> +++ b/Documentation/admin-guide/cgroup-v2.rst
> @@ -1181,6 +1181,17 @@ PAGE_SIZE multiple when read back.
>  	high limit is used and monitored properly, this limit's
>  	utility is limited to providing the final safety net.
>  
> +  memory.drop_cache
> +    A write-only single value file which exists on non-root
> +    cgroups.
> +
> +    Provide a mechanism for users to actively trigger memory
> +    reclaim. The cgroup will be reclaimed and as many pages
> +    reclaimed as possible.
> +
> +    It will broke low boundary. Because it tries to reclaim the
> +    memory many times, until the memory drops to a certain level.
> +
>    memory.oom.group
>  	A read-write single value file which exists on non-root
>  	cgroups.  The default value is "0".
> diff --git a/mm/memcontrol.c b/mm/memcontrol.c
> index 0b38b6ad547d..98646484efff 100644
> --- a/mm/memcontrol.c
> +++ b/mm/memcontrol.c
> @@ -6226,6 +6226,11 @@ static struct cftype memory_files[] = {
>  		.write = memory_max_write,
>  	},
>  	{
> +		.name = "drop_cache",
> +		.flags = CFTYPE_NOT_ON_ROOT,
> +		.write = mem_cgroup_force_empty_write,
> +	},
> +	{
>  		.name = "events",
>  		.flags = CFTYPE_NOT_ON_ROOT,
>  		.file_offset = offsetof(struct mem_cgroup, events_file),
> -- 
> 2.11.0

-- 
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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