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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm, slab: Extend slab/shrink to shrink all the memcg caches
On Tue,  2 Jul 2019 14:37:30 -0400 Waiman Long <longman@redhat.com> wrote:

> Currently, a value of '1" is written to /sys/kernel/slab/<slab>/shrink
> file to shrink the slab by flushing all the per-cpu slabs and free
> slabs in partial lists. This applies only to the root caches, though.
>
> Extends this capability by shrinking all the child memcg caches and
> the root cache when a value of '2' is written to the shrink sysfs file.

Why?

Please fully describe the value of the proposed feature to or users.
Always.

>
> ...
>
> --- a/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-kernel-slab
> +++ b/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-kernel-slab
> @@ -429,10 +429,12 @@ KernelVersion: 2.6.22
> Contact: Pekka Enberg <penberg@cs.helsinki.fi>,
> Christoph Lameter <cl@linux-foundation.org>
> Description:
> - The shrink file is written when memory should be reclaimed from
> - a cache. Empty partial slabs are freed and the partial list is
> - sorted so the slabs with the fewest available objects are used
> - first.
> + A value of '1' is written to the shrink file when memory should
> + be reclaimed from a cache. Empty partial slabs are freed and
> + the partial list is sorted so the slabs with the fewest
> + available objects are used first. When a value of '2' is
> + written, all the corresponding child memory cgroup caches
> + should be shrunk as well. All other values are invalid.

One would expect this to be a bitfield, like /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches.
So writing 3 does both forms of shrinking.

Yes, it happens to be the case that 2 is a superset of 1, but what
about if we add "4"?

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