Re: [PATCH][1/2] adjust dirty threshold for lowmem-only mappings

From: Rik van Riel
Date: Mon Dec 20 2004 - 10:34:23 EST

On Mon, 20 Dec 2004, Rik van Riel wrote:

Simply running "dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hd<one you can miss>" will
result in OOM kills, with the dirty pagecache completely filling up
lowmem. This patch is part 1 to fixing that problem.

What I forgot to say is that in order to trigger this OOM kill
the dirty_limit of 40% needs to be more memory than what fits
in low memory. So this will work on x86 with 4GB RAM, since
the dirty_limit is 1.6GB, but the block device cache cannot
grow that big because it is restricted to low memory.

This has the effect of all low memory being tied up in dirty
page cache and userspace try_to_free_pages() skipping the
writeout of these pages because the block device is congested.

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