Re: [PATCH v4 2/2] mm: allow to set overcommit ratio more precisely

From: Dave Hansen
Date: Wed Nov 06 2013 - 18:50:50 EST

On 11/06/2013 02:33 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Wed, 6 Nov 2013 03:42:20 -0500 (EST) Jerome Marchand <jmarchan@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> That was my first version of this patch (actually "kbytes" to avoid
>> overflow).
>> Dave raised the issue that it silently breaks the user interface:
>> overcommit_ratio is zero while the system behaves differently.
> I don't understand that at all. We keep overcommit_ratio as-is, with
> the same default values and add a different way of altering it. That
> should be back-compatible?

Reading the old thread, I think my main point was that we shouldn't
output overcommit_ratio=0 when overcommit_bytes>0. We need to round up
for numbers less than 1 so that folks don't think overcommit_ratio is _off_.

I was really just trying to talk you in to cramming the extra precision
in to the _existing_ sysctl. :) I don't think bytes vs. ratio is really
that big of a deal.
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