Re: [RFC Patch] fs: implement per-file drop caches
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(5/31/12 2:20 AM), Cong Wang wrote:
On Wed, 2012-05-30 at 16:14 +0100, Pádraig Brady wrote:On 05/30/2012 02:38 PM, Cong Wang wrote:This is a draft patch of implementing per-file drop caches. It introduces a new fcntl command F_DROP_CACHES to drop file caches of a specific file. The reason is that currently we only have a system-wide drop caches interface, it could cause system-wide performance down if we drop all page caches when we actually want to drop the caches of some huge file.This is useful functionality. Though isn't it already provided with POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED?Thanks for teaching this! However, from the source code of madvise_dontneed() it looks like it is using a totally different way to drop page caches, that is to invalidate the page mapping, and trigger a re-mapping of the file pages after a page fault. So, yeah, this could probably drop the page caches too (I am not so sure, haven't checked the code in details), but with my patch, it flushes the page caches directly, what's more, it can also prune dcache/icache of the file.
madvise should work. I don't think we need duplicate interface. Moreomover madvise(2) is cleaner than fcntl(2). -- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-fsdevel" in the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
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