Commit 62376251 authored by Johannes Weiner's avatar Johannes Weiner Committed by Linus Torvalds
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revert "mm: vmscan: do not swap anon pages just because free+file is low"

This reverts commit 0bf1457f

 ("mm: vmscan: do not swap anon pages
just because free+file is low") because it introduced a regression in
mostly-anonymous workloads, where reclaim would become ineffective and
trap every allocating task in direct reclaim.

The problem is that there is a runaway feedback loop in the scan balance
between file and anon, where the balance tips heavily towards a tiny
thrashing file LRU and anonymous pages are no longer being looked at.
The commit in question removed the safe guard that would detect such
situations and respond with forced anonymous reclaim.

This commit was part of a series to fix premature swapping in loads with
relatively little cache, and while it made a small difference, the cure
is obviously worse than the disease.  Revert it.
Signed-off-by: default avatarJohannes Weiner <>
Reported-by: default avatarChristian Borntraeger <>
Acked-by: default avatarChristian Borntraeger <>
Acked-by: default avatarRafael Aquini <>
Cc: Rik van Riel <>
Cc: <>		[3.12+]
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 6b6751f7
......@@ -1915,6 +1915,24 @@ static void get_scan_count(struct lruvec *lruvec, struct scan_control *sc,
file = get_lru_size(lruvec, LRU_ACTIVE_FILE) +
get_lru_size(lruvec, LRU_INACTIVE_FILE);
* Prevent the reclaimer from falling into the cache trap: as
* cache pages start out inactive, every cache fault will tip
* the scan balance towards the file LRU. And as the file LRU
* shrinks, so does the window for rotation from references.
* This means we have a runaway feedback loop where a tiny
* thrashing file LRU becomes infinitely more attractive than
* anon pages. Try to detect this based on file LRU size.
if (global_reclaim(sc)) {
unsigned long free = zone_page_state(zone, NR_FREE_PAGES);
if (unlikely(file + free <= high_wmark_pages(zone))) {
scan_balance = SCAN_ANON;
goto out;
* There is enough inactive page cache, do not reclaim
* anything from the anonymous working set right now.
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