Re: [PATCH] mm, memcg: Add a memcg_slabinfo debugfs file

From: Waiman Long
Date: Wed Jun 19 2019 - 11:35:42 EST

On 6/19/19 11:18 AM, Shakeel Butt wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 7:46 AM Waiman Long <longman@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> There are concerns about memory leaks from extensive use of memory
>> cgroups as each memory cgroup creates its own set of kmem caches. There
>> is a possiblity that the memcg kmem caches may remain even after the
>> memory cgroup removal. Therefore, it will be useful to show how many
>> memcg caches are present for each of the kmem caches.
>> This patch introduces a new <debugfs>/memcg_slabinfo file which is
>> somewhat similar to /proc/slabinfo in format, but lists only slabs that
>> are in memcg kmem caches. Information available in /proc/slabinfo are
>> not repeated in memcg_slabinfo.
> At Google, we have an interface /proc/slabinfo_full which shows each
> kmem cache (root and memcg) on a separate line i.e. no accumulation.
> This interface has helped us a lot for debugging zombies and memory
> leaks. The name of the memcg kmem caches include the memcg name, css
> id and "dead" for offlined memcgs. I think these extra information is
> much more useful for debugging. What do you think?
> Shakeel

Yes, I think that can be a good idea. My only concern is that it can be
very verbose. Will work on a v2 patch.