Re: Can someone explain under what condition inode cache pages canbe swapped out?

From: Jan Engelhardt
Date: Fri Aug 04 2006 - 01:56:38 EST

> Many thanks for kind replies.
> You said inode cache is never swapped at all.


> How do you know the pages are never swapped out?

- they are in kernel memory
- if someone needs memory, we free some cache

> How can I tell whether a specific memory page is
> swappable?

Kernel memory is in general not swappable.

> If my understanding is right, inode cache shrinker only frees the
> reclaimable inodes, which means, if a lot of files are opened when
> shrinker is activated, the shrinker may not find sufficient
> reclaimable inodes to free enough space. What will Linux do under such
> condition?

Userspace will start to be swapped out to make room for kernel memory.
And if the swap is full, the OOM killer comes into action and will kill
That's why it is so important to make sure that there are no memory leaks
in kernelspace.

Jan Engelhardt
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