Re: [PATCH v2] net: fix functions and variables related tonetns_ipvs->sysctl_sync_qlen_max
From: Simon Horman
Date: Sun Feb 17 2013 - 23:54:31 EST
On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 11:39:34PM +0200, Julian Anastasov wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Feb 2013, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Thu, 7 Feb 2013 10:40:26 +0200 (EET)
> > Julian Anastasov <ja@xxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > Another question about the sysctl_sync_qlen_max:
> > > > This variable is assigned as:
> > > >
> > > > ipvs->sysctl_sync_qlen_max = nr_free_buffer_pages() / 32;
> > > >
> > > > The function nr_free_buffer_pages actually means: counts of pages
> > > > which are beyond high watermark within ZONE_DMA and ZONE_NORMAL.
> > > >
> > > > is it ok to be called here? Some people misused this function because
> > > > the function name was misleading them. I am sorry I am totally not
> > > > familiar with the ipvs code, so I am just asking you about
> > > > this.
> > >
> > > Using nr_free_buffer_pages should be fine here.
> > > We are using it as rough estimation for the number of sync
> > > buffers we can use in NORMAL zones. We are using dev->mtu
> > > for such buffers, so it can take a PAGE_SIZE for a buffer.
> > > We are not interested in HIGHMEM size. high watermarks
> > > should have negliable effect. I'm even not sure whether
> > > we need to clamp it for systems with TBs of memory.
> > Using nr_free_buffer_pages() is good-enough-for-now. There are
> > questions around the name of this thing and its exact functionality and
> > whether callers are using it appropriately. But if anything is changed
> > there, it will be as part of kernel-wide sweep.
> > One thing to bear in mind is memory hot[un]plug. Anything which was
> > sized using nr_free_buffer_pages() (or similar) may become
> > inappropriately sized if memory is added or removed. So any site which
> > uses nr_free_buffer_pages() really should be associated with a hotplug
> > handler and a great pile of code to resize the structure at runtime.
> > It's pretty ugly stuff :( I suspect it usually Just Doesn't Matter.
> I'll try to think on this hotplug problem
> and also on the si_meminfo usage in net/netfilter/ipvs/ip_vs_ctl.c
> which is quite wrong for systems with HIGHMEM, may be
> we need there a free+reclaimable+file function for
> NORMAL zone.
> > Redarding this patch:
> > net-change-type-of-netns_ipvs-sysctl_sync_qlen_max.patch and
> > net-fix-functions-and-variables-related-to-netns_ipvs-sysctl_sync_qlen_max.patch
> > are joined at the hip and should be redone as a single patch with a
> > suitable changelog, please. And with a cc:netdev@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Agreed, Zhang Yanfei and Simon? I'm just not sure,
> may be this combined patch should hit only the
> ipvs->nf->net trees? Or may be net-next, if we don't have
> time for 3.8.
ipvs->nf->net seems to be the most logical approach unless
Andrew wishes to take it.
I assume that at this point its too late for v3.8 and I'm not
entirely clear that the changes is needed there anyway.
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