Re: [PATCH 1/2] mm: Allow small allocations to fail
From: Michal Hocko
Date: Sun Mar 15 2015 - 08:13:30 EST
On Sun 15-03-15 14:43:37, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> If you want to count only those retries which involved OOM killer, you need
> to do like
> - nr_retries++;
> + if (gfp_mask & __GFP_FS)
> + nr_retries++;
> in this patch.
No, we shouldn't create another type of hidden NOFAIL allocation like
this. I understand that the wording of the changelog might be confusing,
It says: "This implementation counts only those retries which involved
OOM killer because we do not want to be too eager to fail the request."
Would it be more clear if I changed that to?
"This implemetnation counts only those retries when the system is
considered OOM because all previous reclaim attempts have resulted
in no progress because we do not want to be too eager to fail the
We definitely _want_ to fail GFP_NOFS allocations.
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