Re: Showing /sys/fs/cgroup/memory/memory.stat very slow on some machines

From: Singh, Balbir
Date: Wed Jul 25 2018 - 20:55:23 EST

On 7/19/18 3:40 AM, Bruce Merry wrote:
> On 18 July 2018 at 17:49, Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 8:37 AM Bruce Merry <bmerry@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> That sounds promising. Is there any way to tell how many zombies there
>>> are, and is there any way to deliberately create zombies? If I can
>>> produce zombies that might give me a reliable way to reproduce the
>>> problem, which could then sensibly be tested against newer kernel
>>> versions.
>> Yes, very easy to produce zombies, though I don't think kernel
>> provides any way to tell how many zombies exist on the system.
>> To create a zombie, first create a memcg node, enter that memcg,
>> create a tmpfs file of few KiBs, exit the memcg and rmdir the memcg.
>> That memcg will be a zombie until you delete that tmpfs file.
> Thanks, that makes sense. I'll see if I can reproduce the issue. Do
> you expect the same thing to happen with normal (non-tmpfs) files that
> are sitting in the page cache, and/or dentries?

Do you by any chance have use_hierarch=1? memcg_stat_show should just rely on counters inside the memory cgroup and the the LRU sizes for each node.

Balbir Singh.