[PATCH] staging: zcache: fix possible sleep under lock
sjenning at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Mon Aug 22 14:35:04 PDT 2011
On 08/22/2011 04:10 PM, Dan Carpenter wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 02:49:45PM -0500, Seth Jennings wrote:
>> Actually, should this be GFP_ATOMIC or GFP_NOWAIT?
> GFP_ATOMIC is sort of a good default answer.
> GFP_NOWAIT is normally used when you want to do something really
> fast and if the allocation fails, you don't want to wait for it.
> So if memory is short, and you drop a packet? Who cares! TCP has
> error handling built in. Other than that, GFP_NOWAIT is used a lot
> in the core kernel.
> You could be right that GFP_NOWAIT is fine here. I don't know zcache
> well enough to say. How bad is it if the allocation fails?
> dan carpenter
Meh... I think GFP_ATOMIC is fine. If the allocation fails, then zcache
fails to initialise and the page cache and swaps just go down their normal
non-zache/frontswap/cleancache paths. The only time there is a difference
between GFP_ATOMIC and GFP_NOWAIT, AFAIK, is if there are no non-emergency pages
left, which is unlikely to be the case.
Plus, I don't want to have to send out v3 of a one line patch :-/
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