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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/11] fs/dcache: Limit # of negative dentries
On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 11:13:53AM -0500, Waiman Long wrote:
> As there is no limit for negative dentries, it is possible that a sizeable
> portion of system memory can be tied up in dentry cache slabs. Dentry slabs
> are generally recalimable if the dentries are in the LRUs. Still having
> too much memory used up by dentries can be problematic:

I don't get it.

Why isn't the solution simply "constrain the application generating
unbound numbers of dentries to a memcg"?

Then when the memcg runs out of memory, it will start reclaiming the
dentries that were allocated inside the memcg that are using all
it's resources, thereby preventing unbound growth of the dentry

I mean, this sort of resource control is exactly what memcgs are
supposed to be used for and are already used for. I don't see why we
need all this complexity for global dentry resource management when
memcgs should already provide an effective means of managing and
placing bounds on the amount of memory any specific application can


Dave Chinner

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